hello everybody, Here is a double question: ''to spike out'' , I guess that spike out can be used when a ''spike comes out''. I tried to look for an example and the only one I found was: "my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now" Does this mean that the thorns of the plants are growing and have just popped out? Now here is another one: ''However, a scarce growth rate of only 1.3% in world graphic paper demand in 2011 is predicted, a much lower result than the initial 4.8% spike out of the recession in 2010''. Scarce growth doesn't sound quite well to my ears, I´d write ''a growth rate of a mere 1.3%'' instead. What does that ''spike out'' stand for?? Does it mean a peak or something? What do you think about all this?