A few weeks ago, I posted about Homophone and Contractions. Homophones are words that sound alike (can be spelled alike or not) but have different meanings.
As an editor, I fix tons of homophones in manuscripts. From time to time, I thought I'd feature some commonly misused homophones.
Today, I'll discuss peek, peak, and pique.
Think of the two Es as eyes.
v. To look or glance furtively
n. A quick or furtive look or glance
It's about a look or a look into something.
n. The pointed top of a mountain or range (or anything) / the maximum point, degree, or volume of anything
v. To reach the top
He reached the peak of the mountain race, which was the peak of his racing career.
Most commonly used in the phrase "pique someone's interest."
v. to arouse pique in someone
Is there an editing/grammar issue that's always caused you trouble? If so, share it in the comments so I can feature it in a future post.
Definitions from Dictionary.com