Guest Post – Before You Hit Publish: Peak, Peek, and Pique

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Jessie’s busy doing more important things than offering grammar tips these days. So, while she takes care of bringing a sweet new baby boy into this world, I offered to step in and discuss a little something with you all …

Homophones can be tricky, can they not? Sneaky little words that sound exactly the same, but mean totally different things …

For example?


PEAK vs. PEEK vs. PIQUE

Those words do, indeed, all sound exactly alike. Their meanings, however, are not identical. Want a few quick tricks for remembering which one you’re looking for? Here you go:

  • “Peak” refers to the top, or the point, of something like a mountain. You want the word peAk here. See how that “A” looks kind of like a mountain? Just remember that.
  • “Peek” (as a noun or a verb) refers to a brief look or glimpse- something having to do with the EyEs. See how there are two “e”s in “eyes”? There are two “e”s in pEEk too. Remember that.
  • “Pique” is the least frequently used of these words. Honestly? Ninety-nine percent of the population will only use this word in one expression—something about piquing interest, e.g. “The title of that film piqued my interest.” My advice? Just remember that pIque with an “i” goes with Interest. It’s probably the only time you’ll use it anyhow.

That’s that! It helps to have some little tricks up your sleeve to remember those tricky homophones.

What homophones trip you up? Or, alternatively, what homophones seem to trip others up so much that it drives you crazy?

JessieLeigh is the mother of a former 24-week micropreemie and two full-term blessings as well. Determined advocate for the tiniest of babies, including the unborn. Firm believer in faith and miracles. She blogs at Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles and has written two other guest posts for Vanderbilt Wife!

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I will confess … people using peak vs. peek incorrectly makes me want to pull my hair out. Thanks, JessieLeigh, for this helpful trick! I never would have thought of it like that!

5 thoughts on “Guest Post – Before You Hit Publish: Peak, Peek, and Pique

  1. The term for these words trip us up too – I learned this the hard way this year (after I published them on my writing site as homonyms 😉 – homonyms are words that are spelled the same but with different meanings like "She batted the bat with the bat."

    Homophones are those pesky words that sound the same but are spelled differently.

    Here's a handy list of easily confused homophones
    http://www.writingfoundations.com/wp-content/uploads/Homophones1.pdf

  2. Mrs. B.- Ha! You are so correct. Jessie fixed it for me, but shall we just chalk that one up as one of those things that apparently trips ME up? 😉

  3. I don't *think* I get tripped up by homophones very often, but I definitely see people get tripped up by them quite frequently.

    The ones that really bother me are – there, their & they're; your & you're; and two, to & too.

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