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Why Are People Getting This Wrong? >.

Okay, look:

“PEAK” is the top of something, usually a mountain.

“PEEK” is a quick, furtive look at something.

So if you SNEAK PEAK, you are stealthily climbing to the top of a mountain. If you are getting an illicit preview of something, that is a SNEAK PEEK.

Please stop getting this wrong. It is beginning to walk up and down on my spine.

Thank you.

-The Gneech

Edit: And of course, I get a typo of my own. Pfui! That’s how thrown off I was. Bad grammar is contagious! Stop using it!

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
But what about POKE?
Sep. 1st, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)

Read in a national magazine last week about someone trying to "eek" out a living when just entering the workforce.
Unless he was wearing a large rodent costume at a certain pizza place or at a theme park in Florida, I think they meant "eke".
Sep. 1st, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
The one that drives me insane is the constant confusion of "loose" vs. "lose".
Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
YES! ME TOO! AAAARGH! They're not even PRONOUNCED the same, people!

That, and people writing "phase" when they should be writing "faze". And "stripped" for "striped". A stripped couch sounds very uncomfortable to sit on.
Sep. 1st, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
My particular pet peeve:

"Dogs" is plural. "Dog's" is possessive. "Dogs'" is both. First grade English, people. I knew better at age seven.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
How about if you Sneak Peak Peek? :=3

The one that drives me up the wall is "then" and "than".
A certain NY living lion gets them confused all the time when he is writing. :=/
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
When I think of "Sneak Peak" I think of Butt-head saying "I have seen the top of the mountain... and it is good." ^^
Sep. 1st, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Piqued, the peke peeked over the peak of Pikachu plushes!
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Their, their, Gneech. It's not to bad of a mistake. After all, they could of done more annoying homonymal errors in a pear of there posts.

Edited at 2010-09-01 09:32 pm (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Isn't English such a lovely language that way. For a lot of words it's clear cut as to the difference in meaning. For others it's not. That's why I can't cast a stone at anyone.

I constantly struggle with "then" and "than". (Hmm, didn't someone else just mention that?) I even keep a slip by the computer when writing.

"then" is a time connector (earlier THEN later)
"than" is a comparator (bigger THAN..., smaller THAN...)

But I still look at some sentences and see shades of gray making me guess which to use. Thank goodness for those who will read my stuff and point out my errors.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Peek snreview!
Sep. 7th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
What bugs me is people saying someone's curiosity was "peeked" or "peaked". It is PIQUED, people!
But yeah, all of those similar errors bug me. A lot.
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