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Writing: Frequently confused words — Harder example

Writing: Grammar

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- [Instructor] I had never been curious about my family history, but a rumored link in my lineage to Genghis Khan piqued my interest. I wonder if this was written for me in particular. But, anyway, back to the sentence. So they've underlines piqued, and this form of piqued, or this spelling of piqued, P-I-Q-U-E-D, one meaning of it is to stimulate. And so this would be stimulated my interested, which is exactly what the person saying the sentence wants to say, that this rumored link stimulated their interest. So this, another way, stimu, let me write this. Stimulated, stimulated their interest, which makes a lot of sense. And just the phrase, piqued my interest, is something that you would hear a lot, and it's spelled, the piqued part is spelled P-I-Q-U-E-D. Now, piqued could mean other things. It could mean to irritate, but especially when people are talking about piqued my interest, "Hey, that piqued my interest." That means, "Hey, that stimulated my interest." So this is the right spelling. This is the right use of it. So I would say, no change. Now let's look at these other choices, just to make sure that we feel good about ruling them out. So, peak, P-E-A-K, that's like a mountain peak, so the top of the mountain. That's a mountain peak. So if you use it as a verb, you could say, "He peaked the mountain," which means that he got to the top of the mountain, but that's not what we're talking about right over here. Now P-E-E-K, that's the kind of look, look when you're not supposed to, so to speak, look. He peeks through the keyhole, or she peeked through her fingers when she was it playing hide-and-go-seek. To peek, this is just to look when you're not supposed to. So peek, or to look very quickly. So that wouldn't be it. And opaqued, well, this is a complete, this doesn't even sound the same. At least these first three, piqued, peaked and peeked, they all sound the same. But opaque, opaque means something that you can't see through. And so I guess opaqued would mean, I guess if you had, imagine if you had a window. I've actually never used the word opaqued in everyday language, but if you had a window that is clear, and then you paint it with stuff that you can't see through, I guess you would have opaqued that window. So I would rule that one out as well.