03 Jan

It’s ‘piqued my interest’, not ‘peaked my interest’ or ‘peeked my interest’.

We’re trying to have a civilization here!

That is all.

P.S. Definitely.


Posted by on January 3, 2015 in open thread, The Decline


21 responses to “Piqued

  1. superslaviswife

    January 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Things I find myself repeating as an English teacher:

    “Buy” has no R, neither does “bought”. “Bring” has an R and so does “brought”.

    “I couldn’t care less.” because I care nothing at all.

    “I should and I would if I could, because I want to; but I can’t so I won’t.”

    ER after two syllables, MORE before more.

    Regardless of common use, “irregardless” means “regarding”.

    Student after student. 😦

  2. Tim

    January 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I can never understand why the Yanks say “Could care less”

    Nullifies the whole expression.

  3. Peter Blood

    January 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Loose vs lose. Like, like, like.

    It’s an Idiocracy, the education system is working as designed.

  4. Will S.

    January 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    @ SSW: Yikes!

    @ Tim: Also a pet peeve of mine…

    @ PB: No doubt…

  5. Harold

    January 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Re “could care less”,
    The phrase “couldn’t care less less” is British. It came to fixation in British English because it rolls off the tongue in a British accent. Only after having done so did it have enough impetus to be adopted by Americans, despite being somewhat awkward to say in an American accent. Subsequently it morphed into something that does roll off the American tongue: “could care less”.
    At least, this is my hypothesis. Google n-grams backs me up. The logical form is the original and arose first in the British corpus, the illogical form is mostly American.

  6. Will S.

    January 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    That might well be, I don’t know.

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  8. Anonymous age 72

    January 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Languages change. Period. A lot of this is resisting change.

    I live in rural Mexico in the Central Highlands. The original langauge here was Popoloca. Contrary to standard dogma, towns as close as 5 miles apart cannot understand each other, though they both speak Popoloca.

    Five Hundred years ago, they all spoke and understood each other. Then, the Aztecs took over, and when dealing with other towns had to speak Nahua.

    Then later the Spanish took over, and their business language was Spanish. So, they almost never spoke Popoloca to another town. And, today, though it is the same language, they cannot understand each other after 500 years without using it together. Amazing.

    The use of slang, in both words and grammar, has been a sore spot for older people and English teachers since the mid 1800’s.

    • Will S.

      January 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I don’t mind languages evolving, or the natural displacement of languages with empires falling, new ones arising, empires conquering, etc.

      I can’t stand sloppiness, and poor grammar; e.g. ‘could of’, ‘should of’, ‘would of’, when everyone ought to know it’s ‘could have’, ‘would have’, ‘should have’.

  9. Stary Wylk

    January 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    How about “twice more’ for “twice as much”? It’s so illogical it hurts the mind.

  10. Will S.

    January 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Ugh, yes; that sounds like three times as much! 🙂

  11. Lena S.

    January 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

  12. Will S.

    January 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know. Though they may be annoying in specific cases – I hate ‘Oldtimers’ instead of ‘Alzheimer’s’, they don’t even sound close, IMO – when they make a certain sense, like ‘ex-patriot’ instead of ‘ex-patriate’, as well as sounding similar, I find them far less egregious an error than ‘could of’, ‘should of’, ‘would of’, and the like.

    Still, I suppose they’re similar enough to my original example (‘pique’ being a homophone of ‘peak’ and ‘peek’) that I can well appreciate how grating they may be to others’ ears. 🙂

  13. Patrick Pedat Ebediyah Golston

    January 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Or when to use “despite”, or rather, “in spite of”.

    It’s fun being “well expressed”, or would that be “articulate”. 🙂

  14. Will S.

    January 5, 2015 at 11:32 am


  15. bluebird of bitterness

    January 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    People saying “disinterested” when they mean “uninterested” is really annoying. (Just thought I’d throw that in.)

  16. bluebird of bitterness

    January 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, and speaking of interest-piquing, here’s an actual comment I found in my spam filter:

    “I really could learn about this all day!! This post really peaked my interest.”

  17. Will S.

    January 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    LOL! 🙂

    You can tell spam is artificially generated and/or written by people lacking a strong command of English, or artificially generated from snippets of text written by people lacking a strong command of English. 😉


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