Welcome back to another edition of Friday Follies! Especially for you, the Grammar Cop has prepared a puzzle of perplexing pairs…of words. (Sorry there is no synonym for “word” that starts with a P. 😀 ) See if you can differentiate these.
Do you know when to use which word? Here are some sentences to help you out. Yes, the Grammar Cop realizes that she may have talked about some of these before. But it never hurts to revisit the rules, I always say!
Lead (rhymes with “creed”) is the present tense of the verb to lead, as in I lead the class now. (Lead is also a noun meaning a heavy metal – no, not a rock group. 😀 )
Led is the past tense of the verb to lead, as in She led the class yesterday.
Read (pronounced “reed”) is the present tense of the verb to read, as in I read the newspaper now.
Read (pronounced “red”) is also the past tense of to read, as in I read the newspaper yesterday.
Peek is the present tense of the verb to peek, as in I peek at the weather report on my phone.
Peak is a noun meaning the top of something, or a mountain, as in I reached the peak of my profession.
Pique is a noun meaning anger or annoyance, as in The extra tax made me have a fit of pique. It’s also a verb as in That piques my curiosity, meaning arouses or stimulates. (Thanks John! 😀 )
Flaunt is a verb meaning to show off something, as in He always likes to flaunt his new car.
Flout is a verb meaning to break a rule or law, as in She tried to flout the no-smoking law but got caught. (Good!)
This concludes Part One of our perplexing pairs of the day. Next week will feature Part Two. Rest assured that there is really no end to the darn things!