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4 comments on this post.
  1. Steve Dunham:

    I had known this word as “pekid,” meaning to appear unhealthy, but it’s not in Merriam-Webster’s 10th Collegiate Dictionary, and that left me wondering, “Well where did I get that from?” The OneLook Dictionaries website offered only one dictionary listing pekid: Wictionary, which says that the word is an “eye dialect spelling of peaked.” Now I’m even more confused. What is an eye dialect?

  2. Vicky Ayers:

    Eye dialect is misspelling words to indicate that they are pronounced in an odd way. Like “wudges” to mean “would you”.

  3. Earlene Smith:

    There is an obscure verse in the song “My Darling Clementine” where, after she drowned, her father (the miner, 49-er)
    “soon began to peak and pine”.

    This only verifies what we already know and we know that people also pine away. Just wanted to throw that into the mix.
    Am doubtful of the origins guessed at here as one having reached his peak or pinnacle.

  4. Tom Cox:

    In Macbeth, Act I, Scene III, the First Witch says, “Shall he dwindle, peak and pine”.

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