tic vs tick : Common Errors in English

About tic vs tick

The word for a spasmodic twitch or habitual quirk of speech or behavior is spelled the French way: “tic.” You may have to worry about Lyme disease if you get a bite from a tick on your face, but that spasm in your left cheek whenever the teacher calls on you is a facial tic.

tic Meaning(s)

  • (n) a local and habitual twitching especially in the face

tick Meaning(s)

  • (n) a metallic tapping sound
  • (n) any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals
  • (n) a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
  • (n) a light mattress
  • (v) make a clicking or ticking sound
  • (v) make a sound like a clock or a timer
  • (v) sew
  • (v) put a check mark on or near or next to

tic in News

  1. Joy Of Specs: This Unauthorized Commercial For Tic Tac Will Make You Feel Funny

    Warning: not safe. Period. Somebody decided to make a spec commercial for Tic Tac--and the brand can’t be too thrilled. "Four Calories," directed by Crobin , is a three-minute and 15-second hallucination, involving a fat, mostly naked tic tac fetishist, a man playing the trombone, and a passed-out degenerate covered in his own blood. The ostensible brand message: Shake it up. The director told ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fast Company Magazine

  2. Fishing with the Boys

    Croaker in the cooler makes for good eating at the table Dennis Doyle My young sons were doing their best to emulate my actions as we drifted bloodworms over a hard shell bottom in a gently moving tide that June evening. My one-ounce sinker sent a tic-tic-tic flicking up the line on my light casting outfit. The rod tip was twitching right in rhythm.     Harrison’s rod suddenly arched. He ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bay Weekly

  3. Victory For TIC Owners As Board Of Supervisors Votes to Clear Lottery Backlog

    A whole bunch of condo conversions are set to occur in the next couple of years as the Board of Supervisors voted last night to approve legislation to clear a backlog of over 2,000 TICs in the current lottery system. [ more › ]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SFist

tick in News

  1. Dr. Dana Johnson: Avoiding tick bites

    Dear Dr. Johnson: How can I prevent my child from getting tick bites?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wisconsin State Journal

  2. Tick bites causing red meat allergy, researchers say

    Odd as it seems, researchers say that bites from the voracious lone star tick are making some people allergic to red meat—even if they've never had a problem eating it before.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fox News

  3. Nationwide Awarded Big Tick in Business in the Community's Responsible Business Awards

    Nationwide has been recognised with a 'Big Tick' at the regional stage of the prestigious 2013 Responsible Business Awards, which are run by charity Business in the Community, and has been shortlisted ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

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