Hello, Fairy fans!
As I enjoy a fabulous lunch of black beans, kale, green olives, and Gardein’s crispy tenders, I started wondering about common grammar mistakes due to homophones. While there are many examples (and I’ll probably discuss each of them at some point), today we’re covering the differences between peek, peak, and pique. Because when a business posts about a “sneak peak” it makes me never want to purchase anything from them.
But Fairy Godwriter! It’s so confusing!
Everything’s confusing, until you learn it. Or did you come out of your mother’s womb driving a car? So buckle up, and pay attention:
To peek means to get a quick glance. When you see a preview of a movie, or a show, or a couple of pieces from whomever’s Fall fashion line, you are getting a sneak peek.
“Here’s a sneak peek of the new iPhone, which will cost you your firstborn and a kidney, and next year we’ll lower the price to a buck when you sign a two year contract.”
A peak is the highest point of something: of a mountain, a chart, a career, etc…
“The peak of our country’s modern history will be when people educate themselves on a subject before giving their opinions.”
To pique is to arouse curiosity.
“Ricky Martin piques our interest every time he posts pictures of himself in a bathing suit on social media.”
See? Easy peasy. And if you think you’ll forget, just remember that if you have time to post on Facebook, you have time to look things up on Google.
The Fairy Godwriter