Thread: Perk, or perq?
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:28 AM
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As long as we're at it, the word perk existed long before coffee percolators but once it came to be used as a short form of percolate, it became confused with the original meaning, polluting the meaning of percolate. Percolate means filter gradually, not "violently toss something up and make a popping noise."

Landscapers speak of a perk test meaning to measure at what rate water is absorbed and filters through the soil (although they may spell it perc).