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Peek versus peak versus pique

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Deer reader,

I had a bored meating which was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. after the lunch brake. Eye think the meeting was good. Earlier, I had received a therms of contract from a client, but had scent it back because claws one wasn’t fare. Prasad couldn’t attend the meeting because his unwell.

Thank you.

Dear reader,

I had a board meeting which was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. after the lunch break. I think the meeting was good. Earlier, I had received a terms of contract from a client, but had sent it back because clause one wasn’t fair. Prasad couldn’t attend the meeting because he’s unwell.

Thank you.

Get the fun?


Getting confused with words and ultimately choosing a word instead of another due to similarities in pronunciation can be embarrassing. Well, it can be amusing too. Obviously not for you, but for the reader. This is because in the long run it’s either the sentence doesn’t carry any meaning or the meaning of the sentence is distorted. Such words which have similar pronunciations but different meaning, origin or spelling, are known as homophones. We’ll look at three of such words: peek, peak and pique.

The words peek, peak and pique are pronounced the same way [pik], but they share no similarities in meaning. Let’s look at them one after the other.

Peek (verb)

To look at someone or something secretly or briefly, especially from a hidden place. Example 1: Cautiously she moved forward, allowing herself a peek at her boss.

Example 2: Tom resisted the instinct that told him he needed to peek into her notepad.

Peak (verb)

To reach the maximum in terms of capacity, value, achievements or activities.

Example 3: The factory has been running at peak capacity this year.

Example 4: Holiday sales hit a peak of around Rs 12 lakh this summer.

Pique (noun)

A sudden feeling of annoyance or anger when someone has offended you.

Example 5: He slammed the door in a fit of pique.

Example 6: Although he was experiencing moments of pique, James talked politely to the client.

Can you imagine replacing one with the other?


Be sure to thoroughly look up the word in your dictionary before using it. The wrong choice of words due to similar pronunciation is a real problem because it happens unnoticed and is difficult to detect. You may end up ‘meating your boss’ when you’re supposed to ‘meet him’.

Dorcas Addo

Posted by : Sharmila Gautama

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