Tuesday, January 5, 2016

TIP TUESDAY & A REQUEST

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

The English language is so confusing! Two many words that sounds to much alike, and spellcheck doesn't tell us how too handle them. It doesn't know the correct spelling of words we want that sound alike.

Here's an example of a word that might be especially confusing because we don't use it often: pique.

When something grabs our attention or irritates us, it doesn't peak or peek us. The correct word is

pique
pēk/
noun
  1. 1.
    a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one's pride.
    "he left in a fit of pique"
verb
  1. 1.
    stimulate (interest or curiosity).
    "you have piqued my curiosity about the man"
    synonyms:stimulatearouserouseprovokewhetawakenexcitekindlestir,
    galvanize
    "his curiosity was piqued"
  2. 2.
    feel irritated or resentful.
    "she was piqued by his curtness"

  3. I hope you find this information helpful.

My request is that when we discuss Downton Abbey that you avoid spoilers in your comments.

Some of my readers, such as Rita and Karma at SoulComfort's Corner, can't watch the show until it's available online. Others record it and watch it later in the week. Although I was excited about the new season of Downton, which began Sunday evening, I didn't have time to watch it when it aired. I'll watch it on my close personal friend DVR when I have time.

Some of our friends have never seen Downton, so I try not to say too much about the earlier seasons, but I don't worry about those as much as the current season.

I have Willy Dunne Wooters watching Downton on Amazon Prime now. We're on season four. I'm happy to watch it again. This time I'm more aware of the humor.

And I must tell you that Sir Wooters has quite a crush on Lady Sybil:



Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Oh, Willy Dunne Wooters!
Join me in bed, won't you?
You can pretend I'm Lady Sybil, and I'll pretend
you're Mr. Pamuk. No death allowed.

24 comments:

  1. Am I the last person to not have seen an episode of Downton Abbey? One day, I will have to binge watch. It has to be good to have so many fans. I remember "Upstairs, Downstairs". It was a fabulous series.

    I guess you could say you have piqued my interest. ;-)

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    1. You made me so happy with pique. Plenty of people haven't seen Downton. Some have tried it and disliked it. Upstairs, Downstairs reran on PBS during the early nineties. I loved it. An updated version of it started airing around the time Downton arrived. It didn't last long.

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  2. I was happy that by Monday night I could watch the first episode (from Sunday, of course) online! I will reveal nothing, but I am going to be sad to see it end. Let me know when you have seen it and we can chat! ;) ;)

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    1. I watched it Monday night, too! Maybe we watched at the same time.

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  3. Like one and won and horse and hoarse... It sure is annoying, Janie.

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    1. If it's difficult for native speakers of English to know the difference between the words, then it must be nearly impossible for ESL learners.

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  4. oops! I think I am one of the devils so I shall just say love the series! and got a giggle over the cartoon saying let's play Turkish diplomat

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  5. Yeah it is annoying when spell checker doesn't give us the right spelling of some words like colour it tries to tell me that it doesn't have a u in it which it does just saying

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    1. Ah, it has a U in it in Australia, but not in the U.S. More confusion.

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  6. This was fantastic! Now do one about "free rein." :D

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    1. Areas with droughts might like free rain.

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  7. Awesome!! I love Pique. Great word! I laughed at church when our pastor had quotes on the screen and weather was spelled whether. It was flashed on the screen twice and it drove me crazy. LOL.
    I have never seen a single episode of Downton Abbey but i feel so behind. We also don't have Netflix, hulu, any other streaming device. I should look for a cave to move into soon.

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    1. I don't think you should move into a cave unless it's quite luxurious. Downton Abbey isn't on Netflix streaming, but it's on Amazon Prime. You might feel behind on Downton, but no doubt you're ahead of the rest of us in many ways.

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  8. I'm hooked on Sherlock. I rent everything from the library. We have an antenna so can watch tv but the commercials get under my skin so I still don't watch. I rented it for DJ and he is staying up late and watching it.

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    1. I think Willy Dunne Wooters and I might like Sherlock. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, doesn't it? We thought he should have won the Best Actor Academy Award for The Imitation Game.

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  9. I haven't seen a full episode of Downton Abbey, either. My mother-in-law really enjoys it, though. She had it on when I went to her apartment one evening. I watched it for ten minutes and had no clue what was going on.

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    1. It's not something you can watch for a little while and understand. I always tell people to start with the first episode of the first season, and pay close attention. Otherwise, you'll never understand who the characters are.

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  10. I've never watched it, but I drink their tea! The ginger green tea is really delicious.

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    1. I didn't realize they had tea available. I'd rather have their hats and dresses and jewelry.

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  11. That would make for a terribly embarrassing typo, eh?

    I watched Downton for a bit, but, despite everyone raving, it just didn't grab me. Is that strange or what?

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    1. I don't think it's strange. To each her own. I know other people who don't like it.

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  12. Wait! It's on Amazon Prime? Phew, I may be saved. I love this show. No worries from me, I shall try to keep my comments mum. I have the same predicament when I want to discuss the new Star Wars film or the latest episode of Dr.Who. There is always someone standing there who has not seen it and does not want to be spoiled. :(

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