Peel vs. peal

peel (verb): to strip off an outer layer of
Example: Lawrence peeled the skin off of his apple.

peel (noun): the skin or rind of a fruit
Example: Becky threw her potato peels in the trash.

peal (noun): the loud ringing of bells; a loud sound or succession of sounds
Examples:
Gina heard the peal of the church bells from across town.
Ryan let out peals of laughter at his buddy’s lunch room antics.

Etymology
Peel comes from the Latin word pilare, which means to remove the hair from. It came into English in the 13th century.

Peal is short for appeal, which in Middle English meant a summons to church service. It came into the English language in the 14th century.

Quiz:
Fill in the blanks with either peel or peal. The answers are below.

1. Grace slipped on a banana _______ and broke her nose.
2. Stan grew excited when he heard the _______ of the day’s last school bell.
3. Grandma _______ed eight pears for the pie.
4. ____s of loud sobs escaped from Sammy when he learned a dragon ate his cat.
5. Sammy’s mean sister told him the dragon _______ed the skin off of his cat before he ate her.

Answers:
1. peel (noun) 2. peal 3. peel (verb) 4. peal 5. peel (verb)

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