Little Book of Confusables

Peak, peek or pique: simple tips to remember the difference

Peak vs peek vs pique: do you know the difference?

Years ago there was an account on Twitter that automatically responded when people spelled ‘sneak peek’ as ‘sneak peak’. I’m kinda disappointed it no longer exists (changing the world, one spelling tweet at a time is right up my streat… sorry – street).

But there’s no doubt these tricksy spellings are easy to confuse. Here are my top tips to remember the difference between PEEK and PEAK… with PIQUE thrown in for good measure.

It’s easy to remember that the PEAK is the top or pinnacle of something. Just think of the A like the top of a mountain.

A PEEK is a cheeky glance (or peep) – so you can think of the two EEs in CHEEKY, and the two EEs in PEEK – or like two eyes peeping.

PIQUE means to arouse curiosity, or to make someone angry. So you might do something in a fit of pique, but never ‘a fit of peek’ or ‘a fit of peak’ – though you need to be fit to climb a peak (sorry – couldn’t resist).

Peak vs peek vs pique

Peak, peek or pique: which is which? Tips and tricks to remember the difference.