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Joyce Coomer advocates for improved word skills

'The difference is that a peek from a peak should pique one's curiosity.' - JOYCE COOMER
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By Joyce Coomer

I am tired of seeing the misuse and misspellings of words when reading anything, not just things written by people who are supposedly "uneducated", but by people who should (and are supposed to) know better -- like editors and proofreaders for major publishing houses; I am seeing more errors in books printed in the past ten to fifteen years than I ever saw in books printed fifty to one hundred years ago.


I am consistently seeing misuse of peak/peek/pique, creek/creak, leech/leach, clinch/clench, site/sight/cite, bye/by/buy, course/coarse, complement/compliment, even waste/waist . . . the list is nearly endless. So far, the difference between pane and pain is still noticed but the difference between plane and plain isn't always noticed.

Some of this is plain old laziness as it's much easier to use a spell checking program, whether or not the correct word is used (as long as the spelling is correct), than to read carefully and if you're unsure of the meaning or use of a word to consult a dictionary. Some of the misuse of the language is caused by flaws in the educational system, from kindergarten through post-graduate studies in college. And some of it, sad to say, is the "what difference does it make" attitude a lot of people have about using language correctly.

The difference is that a peek from a peak should pique one's curiosity.

- Joyce M. Coomer


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