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Peek, Peak, and Pique

If you must peek at your presents, describe it properly.

By
Mignon Fogarty,
A kitten peeking around a corner (not a peak or a pique)

 

Peeking is looking when you shouldn’t. It's what you do when you peer at hidden presents.

Oh, I wasn't a perfect gentleman, I might have snuck a peek. — James Denton playing Mike Delfino in the TV show "Desperate Housewives"

A peak is a real or metaphorical high point or pinnacle.

Hey, well, as far as I'm concerned, progress peaked with frozen pizza. -- Bruce Willis playing John McClane in the movie "Die Hard 2"

Pique, from a French word meaning “prick,” means to excite. You want to excite people’s interest.

Nothing piques my interest more than repeated failure. — Richard Dean Anderson playing Jack O’Neill in the TV show "Stargate SG-1"

Quick and Dirty Tip: Think of the two E's in "peek" as two eyes peeking.

Reader "GreenCaret" also suggested the tip "Visualize the A in 'peak' as a capital A, which looks a good bit like a mountain peak — to reinforce its definition as a 'metaphorical high point.'"

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