Here is a vocabulary lesson for us all.


I'm losing count of how many times over the past few weeks I have come across the misspelling of 'to pique one's interest' in blogs and comments. I've seen here a few times, on GoodReads, in book reviews on Audible and it is now time to speak up.


It is not peek (to take a quick look) or peak (to reach a high point) but PIQUE (to excite).


Here is the definition from


verb, piqued, piqu·ing, noun verb (used with object)

1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride: She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.
2. to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).
3. to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.
4. to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge.
5. Archaic. to pride (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon ).