Phrase: ‘Piqued your interest’

Phrase: ‘Piqued your interest’, meaning to capture your interest.

The phrase is sometimes confused with ‘peaked my interest’, where the inference is that your interest has risen to a high point, or ‘peeked my interest’ by which I can only imagine people are alluding to some sort of hide and seek like game they feel their interest is playing.

It’s easy to image how people might get confused as ‘piqued’ isn’t a word we use anymore. It comes from the early french word ‘piquer’ meaning ‘prick’ or ‘sting’ and had very negative connotations up until about the mid 16th century where it began to be also used to mean ‘excited’, it still lives on in our phrase today.

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