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After sharing this cartoon from The Oatmeal on my page yesterday about peek vs peak, one of my friends posted this comment:
"Your post has piqued my interest."
Well, Author Jim Proctor's comment sent me on a mission to write my next TIPSY TODAY post.
Peak, Peek, Pique -- what is the difference? And how can I help authors with this? I see peak and peek confused a lot when editing.
Well, first, let's look at what each word means according to Merriam-Webster. (I'll try to simplify them as much as I can.)
*** PEEK \'pek\ (verb) to look at someone or something secretly especially from a hidden place; to look at something briefly; to show slightly; to be slightly visible; (intransitive verb) to peer through a crack or hole or from a place of concealment; to take a brief look; glance.
*** PEAK \'pek\ (noun) 1) the pointed top of a mountain; something that looks like a pointed top of a mountain; a pointed or projecting part of a garment; 2) the highest level or greatest degree; a high point as represented on a graph
*** PIQUE \'pek\ (noun) a sudden feeling of annoyance or anger when someone has offended you
1) Chiefly US: to cause (curiosity or interest) — EXAMPLES: 1) The package piqued [=sparked or aroused] my curiosity. 2) Brightly colored objects pique a baby's interest.
2) Chiefly British: to make (someone) annoyed or angry — usually used as (be) piqued. — EXAMPLE: I was piqued by his rudeness.
NOW THE QUESTION IS... how do we REMEMBER this?
Well, in my research across the interwebs, I learned a new word. MNEMONIC.
Definition of MNEMONIC — mne·mon·ic adjective \ni-'mä-nik\ 1: assisting or intended to assist memory; also: of or relating to mnemonics; 2: of or relating to memory [mne·mon·i·cal·ly adverb]
Here's your mnemonic device for peak/peek/pique:
—You have to rEAch to gain the pEAk.
—If you pEEr at something, you are pEEking. (sEEing)
—And if you're piQUEd about something, there's usually a QUEstion in your mind about it.
(SOURCE for the mnemonic: VOCABULARY.COM)
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