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5 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”.

  5. Harold Fethe:

    No less a literary lighthouse than Tennessee Williams used the two-syllable pronunciation in an obscure poem cast as a blues lyric. I just now stumbled upon this diadem & will perform it, possibly for the first time in human history, at Cameron’s Pub in Half Moon Bay, CA this Thursday night. Stop by if you’re in town!

    Kitchen Door Blues

    My old lady died of a common cold
    She smoked cigars and was 90 years old
    She was thin as paper with the ribs of a kite
    And she flew out the kitchen door one night

    Now I’m no younger’n the old lady was
    When she lost gravitation, and I smoke cigars
    I feel sort of PEAK-ED and I look klnda pore
    So for God’s sake lock that kitchen door!

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