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peak (n.) - a projecting point, as on a mountain; the high point, top, summit, climax, apex.
peak (v., intrans.) To reach a highest point.
peak (adj.) - excellent or top-rate; descriptor for an insult so cutting it silences an opponent, humiliating (urban slang, US); bad luck, banter that's on the verge of taboo (urban slang, UK).
Common phrases: peak performance, peak of his career, widow's peak, Pike's Peak
Menmonic: Arriving Atop an Alps PEAK was the Apex of his Austria trip.
Peekpeek (n.) - a quick, furtive look
peek (v., intrans.) - glance or look briefly; look through a small opening or from a place of concealment
Common phrases: "Close your eyes, no peeking!", play peek-a-boo, sneak peeks
Mnemonic: When she PEEKED, she could SEE LEE.
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Piquepique (n.) resentment; a feeling of wounded vanity or pride
pique (v., trans.) to excite or arouse; to irritate
This term comes to us from the French piquer, meaning to prick or goad
Common phrases: fit of pique, piqued my interest/curiosity
The cruel, Quick Quip made her Quiver with PIQUE.
The Queen's Queer Quirks PIQUE our curiosity.
Test your skills1. Philip covered Carrie's eyes and begged her not to ____.
2. That article certainly has _____ my interest in learning to knit.
3. "You don't think my outfit is the ____ of fashion?" Liz cried, and in a fit of ____, stormed off.
4. Louisa's curiosity was ____, so she climbed to the roof ____ and tried to ____ through the skylight.
Which of these terms tend to trip you up? How did you do on the quiz?
Answers: 1. peek 2. piqued 3. peak, pique 4. piqued, peak, peek.