Perk vs perq

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Perk means lively, pert, though perky is the form most often used for this definition. Perk may also be used as an abbreviation of the verb percolate. When preceding the word up as in perk up, it becomes a verb meaning to become cheerful or energized. Related terms are perks up, perked up, perking up. Perk is derived from the Old French word perquer which means to perch.

Perq is an abbreviation of perquisite, which means a benefit, tip or bonus of employment. Though occasionally found in print and in newspaper stories, perq is not found in most dictionaries. The accepted spelling for the abbreviation of perquisite is perk, usually rendered as the plural, perks.


Even so, if I’m feeling less perky and pass someone who refuses eye contact, I sometimes lose my nerve and nothing – or worse, a strangulated half-hello – comes out. (The Guardian)

A fully functioning replica of Central Perk, the coffee shop frequented by the show’s characters, will headline the celebration and serve free cups of Eight O’Clock coffee to visitors beginning on Sept. 17. (Variety)

The good news for New York is its offense is beginning to perk up with 11 runs and seven homers the last two games after coming to Cleveland ranked last in the majors in batting average and 29th in scoring. (Reuters)

San Diego city leaders want to tighten and revamp a controversial perk allowing top officials to distribute tickets to luxury viewing suites the city controls at Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A rewards select customers with access to perks such as free food, private tours and special events, CNBC reported. (Money Magazine)

Instead of inspiring employees to be more creative and innovative, perks like ping pong tables in the breakroom or nap pods are actually making people less so. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

But Delta is increasingly looking for ways to encourage customers to pay extra for perqs rather than giving them as complimentary benefits. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)