Wonderful Words – pique and fête
By Annette Rey
Writers, do your research. Nothing is worse than to misuse a word unless it is to misspell it. One of my biggest bugaboos is putting a word into your work and not doing your own spell checking. Take nothing for granted. Check it.
I saw a piece of work with the intended word pique. He spelled it as it sounds, peek. The sentence said something can peek your interest. Of course, spell check did not catch that.
The more you read, the better you will become at using English.
Another word error I observed in a piece of work was fête. This word, correctly pronounced, sounds like the word fate. This writer spelled it feet because he thought that is how the word is pronounced (it was not a typo).
Both of these writers did not do their research. And how long does it take to look up a word in a dictionary?
Your writing stands as an example of you.