I have trouble with “peak” and “peek.” I don’t know why. I type those two words wrong all the time. A few months ago, I made a visual representation to help me distinguish the two words. You can see it below. Oddly enough, this rather crude graphic has been the key to my remembering how to spell these words. I invite you to add comments with your favorite devices for distinguishing words that are often confused.
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