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Peek, peak, or pique—how to know which to choose?

Here's a back of the envelope trick from I. Burke Writing & Editing involving the three words peek, peak, and pique. They're pronounced the same, but they have different meanings, and they're easy to confuse. Here's an easy trick using pictures to remember their meanings!

First, in peek, we have two Es. They could be two eyes, with glasses. In peak, we have an A; a capital A looks like a mountain. The lowercase Q in pique could look like a question mark. And there you have it! Peek means "to look," peak means "the top of a mountain," and pique means "to excite, as interest or curiosity! Hope this helps!

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