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 dictionary.com:

 

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 ).