I was interested in the following sentence which appeared in an article titled “Personal Health: Diagnosing PMS” in The New York Times, Women's Health, (August 28, 1996).

Experts insist that no woman should now have to risk her job, her personal relationships or her piece of mind because of premenstrual disturbances.

I'm not particularly convinced in order to this "piece of mind" usage. Am I wrong?

Or, perhaps, in the above sentence "piece of mind" assumes an idiomatic meaning that I am not able to understand. Can someone clarify this question?

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    'peace of mind' or 'a piece of her mind', whichever was intended, do not have anything particular connected with women's health.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 20:03
  • Yeah, until I haven't read the answer of JeffSahol I thought that 'piece of mind' were a possible idiomatic phrase related to women's health, but I'm ready to change the title, now. Do you have any suggestion? I'm relatively new here. @Mitch Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 20:13
  • As indicated, it's a straightforward typo/spelling error for peace. Too Localised. Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 23:16

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It is a typographical error, for "peace of mind". The two words, piece and peace, are pronounced the same. Nothing to do with women's health per se.

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    And I bet the author gave them a piece of her mind when it was published.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 19:16
  • Now that's a peace of work...
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 20:10
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    @RégisRoux yes, that is exactly it. Piece and peace are homophones. Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 20:23
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    +1, but I suspect the error was not typographical. As CN said, Peace and Piece are homonyms for most of us Americans, and that phrase is pronounced more than it is written. Most likely, the author actually thinks piece is the correct word. Mistaking homonyms (and near homonyms) in phrases is my favorite way to tell how much an author reads.
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 21:33
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    Agreed that it's probably not a typo but probably an erratum, but considering the subject matter I didn't want the author to (as Andrew mentioned) give me a piece of her mind.
    – JeffSahol
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 1:40

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