Not End of World but Reminder of Peace

by Michelle Hutchinson

A puzzle piece with a peace sign on it

Missing Peace/Piece by James Clayton, http://ow.ly/gjwTm

So December 21, 2012, came and went, but the end of the world (as predicted by recent rumors) did not. If you had been worried by those reports, I hope the fact that you’re still here fills you with peace.

Take a look that last word; it’s peace, not piece. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of confusion between those two words as well as the phrases peace of mind and piece of (one’s) mind.

In the holiday spirit of peace, love, and joy, here are some tricks for remembering the differences between those words and their associated expressions.

Peace has several definitions, all of which are related to the absence of war or a feeling a tranquility—things that we wish for in the new year.

Notice that year and peace both contain the paired letters ea (and do not contain the letter i). That’s your trick for remembering the correct spelling of peace.

Piece also has several definitions, but its most common and related ones mean an individual member of a particular group (as in a piece of ice) or a portion of a larger item. Often, when those portions (pieces) are put together, they make a whole, as in pieces (slices) of pizza.

Notice that ice and slice both contain an i (and no a), as does the word piece. That’s your trick for remembering the correct spelling of piece. Alternatively, you can remember that individual, portion, and piece all have at least one i (and no a).

Hopefully, those tricks should also help you remember the difference between peace of mind and a piece of (one’s) mind, but if they don’t, try the following.

Peace of mind is a feeling of calmness. Notice how peace and calmness both have an a (and no i). That’s your trick for remembering the correct spelling of peace in peace of mind.

In contrast, a piece of one’s mind is criticism or an opinion. Notice how piece, criticism, and opinion all have at least one i (and no a). That’s your trick for remembering the correct spelling of piece in piece of one’s mind.

And if all that is just too much work for you and leaves you discouraged, try one of the following recipes for happiness, ;-) courtesy of Hilary Price, creator of the Rhymes with Orange comic strip.

 

Comic strip showing difference between peace and piece, correct spelling of peace and piece
Image source: http://ow.ly/gjxdb

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