09-11-2012, 04:50 AM
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Good morning, Nook!

Have you ever contemplated word choice when trying to convey that something has caused a spike in your curiosity? If so, I hope that this post may be helpful to you.

Pique and peak are two commonly misused words in our beautiful (yet often confusing) English language. They can both be used as nouns or verbs, and they even have related meanings. Let's start by having a look at the definitions of these words when they're used as verbs.

pique - /pēk/
Stimulate (interest or curiosity)
- you have piqued my curiosity about the razor

peak - /pēk/
Reach a highest point, either of a specified value or at a specified time
- its popularity peaked in the 1940s

As you can see, if something has suddenly grabbed your curiosity, the correct word choice for that situation would be pique.
If something is, was, or will be at an all time high, peak is the word you're looking for.

For example:

John's review of Krissy's Mt Dew KISS cream really piqued my interest.

My use of boar brushes peaked during Semogue-tember.

I hope you've found this quick post to be helpful, and more importantly I hope you have a fantastic day.

Thanks for reading!

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 09-11-2012, 06:58 AM
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This thread has piqued my interestSmile

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 09-11-2012, 07:36 AM
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I was expecting a post about the OP being piqued by lather peaks and to have a photo editorial on the subject. Hmm

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 09-11-2012, 07:55 AM
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Thanks for the tutorial. I thought we were getting ready to read about mountain ranges.

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 09-11-2012, 09:08 AM
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That's one of the word differences whose misuse bugs me. Another is the confusion about their, there, and they're.

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 09-11-2012, 09:11 AM
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(09-11-2012, 09:08 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: That's one of the word differences whose misuse bugs me. Another is the confusion about their, there, and they're.

I'm right with you on those as well, John!

How about your & you're? Or its & it's? 24

The list goes on and on!

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 09-11-2012, 09:15 AM
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There is one word that bothers me more than any, and I did not hear that word until I moved to Wisconsin.

Instead of saying you all, they say yous. Drives me crazy.

Another term they use up here that drives me crazy is, the bank borrowed me money. NO, the bank loaned you money.

:shot::shot::shot:Sisi1Sisi1Sisi1

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 09-11-2012, 09:35 AM
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(09-11-2012, 09:15 AM)Johnny Wrote: There is one word that bothers me more than any, and I did not hear that word until I moved to Wisconsin.

Instead of saying you all, they say yous. Drives me crazy.

Another term they use up here that drives me crazy is, the bank borrowed me money. NO, the bank loaned you money.

:shot::shot::shot:Sisi1Sisi1Sisi1

UGH! Sounds like you should borrow them some grammar lessons, Johnny.

I haven't heard yous, but I've heard yuns.

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 09-11-2012, 09:37 AM
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Had a waitress ask us last night, how are yous today. I told her there were no sheep setting at our table.Biggrin

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 09-11-2012, 09:39 AM
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Oww, youts these days, they donno notin Biggrin

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 09-11-2012, 09:42 AM
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(09-11-2012, 09:39 AM)beartrap Wrote: Oww, youts these days, they donno notin Biggrin

Says good old cousin Vinnie.

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 09-11-2012, 09:47 AM
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(09-11-2012, 09:42 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(09-11-2012, 09:39 AM)beartrap Wrote: Oww, youts these days, they donno notin Biggrin

Says good old cousin Vinnie.

I love this guy!

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 09-11-2012, 10:00 AM
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Another use: when I was little and felt ill, my grandmother would say that I looked kind of peaked (said with two syllables - peek'ed).

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 09-11-2012, 10:03 AM
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(09-11-2012, 09:15 AM)Johnny Wrote: Instead of saying you all, they say yous. Drives me crazy.
Yous as in the plural of you? You all is singular, all you all is plural.

Quote:Another term they use up here that drives me crazy is, the bank borrowed me money. NO, the bank loaned you money.

Holy cow, that is a grammar faux pas. Wink At least you have Leinies, great steaks and good cheese.

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 09-11-2012, 10:43 AM
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Yes, we have CHEESE.

   

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 09-11-2012, 11:33 AM
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I have never really understood the need for the term "You all" as in, "How are you all today?" (and usually pronounced y'all). The word 'you' can be either singular or plural, depending on the situation. Adding the word 'all' just makes a simple statement cumbersome.

Having said that, nothing is written in stone and the English language would be absolutely boring without its regionalisms. The first time my friend from Scotland heard me use the word 'gotten' she was taken aback. I assured her it was a legitimate form of 'get' and showed it to her in the dictionary. When she returned to Scotland, she looked it up in her British English dictionary and was surprised to see it listed there, as well. It just isn't in common usage where she lives. Regionalisms are what give English its character, whether it's you all, yous, etc. Incorrect spelling or grammar is something else entirely.

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 09-11-2012, 04:07 PM
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Sounds like ya'll have it together here.

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 09-11-2012, 04:54 PM
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(09-11-2012, 04:07 PM)kentclark Wrote: Sounds like ya'll have it together here.

Of course! Didn't you know that The Shave Nook is here for the sole purpose of setting the world to rights? [Image: Winking.gif]

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 09-11-2012, 07:14 PM
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(09-11-2012, 07:55 AM)Johnny Wrote: Thanks for the tutorial. I thought we were getting ready to read about mountain ranges.

+1 That is what i thought. i was envisioning more photos of mountains to complement mine, but then i realized Brian lives in Florida. Hee hee.

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