On Linguistic Oddities

Dear Microsoft,

“Peckish” is a word. It means “hungry.” I use it in regular conversation.

Okay, maybe twice a month. If I’m lucky. But certainly more than five or six times a year.

About “peckish.” Word not only flagged it as a misspelling, but Word also tried to change it to “puckish.” I may use the word “puckish,” but in this particular case, in this particular sentence, my protagonist is hungry. He’s not a prat.

Thanks for not noticing,

A Surly Writer

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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