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Peak versus Peek

McAlister found this misspelling in an article on a major news outlet. We've left out some names to protect the writer from the embarassment, but please, do watch for this error.

"... [Superstar Actress] offered a peak into her romantic life .."

This sentence should read:

"... [Superstar Actress] offered a peek into her romantic life .."

This writer was tripped up by a homophone. A homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word, but is spelled differently and has an entirely different meaning. There are dozens of these homophones in the English language and missing one is an easy mistake to make.

We'll share more of these as we find them. Got a question about homophones? Post it here.

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