Archive for May 20th, 2009

UPDATE: From a couple of tweets today:

“Grammar Grump says: ‘Sneak peek,’ not ‘sneek peek’ or ‘sneak peak.'”

Although, a stealthy mountaintop might be a “sneak peak.”

“THANK YOU Grammar Grump! Sneak Peak drives me mental! It’s like people who want to peak your interest! sigh… it’s PIQUE!”


When we took a peek at Twitter today, our curiosity was piqued to a peak by a tweet from a follower:

“… you have peaked my interest. Or piqued. Or peeked. Or something.”

That did pique us to post our …

Words of the day:

pique. n.

  1. resentment at being slighted; irritation. esp. by a wound to one’s pride.

pique. v.

  1. to arouse such resentment in; to offend.
  2. to excite (interest, curiosity); arouse an emotion or provoke to action.

peek. v. to look quickly and furtively. n. such a look.

peak. n. the highest or utmost point of anything … (or something).

Get it? Got it. Good.

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A news headline from boingboing.com reads:

“Police shoot stuffed animal with Taser”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

stuffed animal with taser

A reader asks … what’s wrong with this headline?

We’re glad you asked.

Read it again and tell us if, by the way it is written, you can determine who has the Taser?

Is it the stuffed animal? “… stuffed animal with Taser”

Or, is it the police? “Police shoot … with Taser”

It might make more sense written as:

“Ploice Taser stuffed animal”

“Taser” is also a verb, isn’t it? Oh dear, that’s a-whole-nother blog post!

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Fun with headlines …

A recent news headline reads:

“Report uncovers child trafficking”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

child traffic

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Here is one of today’s breaking news stories:

“Egyptian President Mubarak has canceled a meeting with President Obama next week because of the death of his grandson – White House.”

Of course, this is sad news. No doubt.

Looking at this headline, grammar-wise, can you tell whose grandson died?

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We’re catching up on our Tech News. Here’s a recent headline from CNET.com:

“Ray Ozzie on the cloud …”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

ozzie cloud

And, which one is actually cloud nine?

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We saw the flash of a news headline on TV. It was something about the credit card crisis, and included the following (which is why it caught our eye):

“… upping the antie …”

We’re trying to figure out what this means … could it be:

  • Elevating a hill-building yard pest for whom you have a nickname? (“Antie”)
  • Getting the better of your parent’s sister? (Auntie)
  • Adding to the poker pot? (Ante)
  • Downing the pro view? (Anti)

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