tic vs tick :

tic or 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.

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  • n  a local and habitual twitching especially in the face

  • n  a metallic tapping sound
    he counted the ticks of the clock
  • 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
    The clock ticked away
  • v  make a sound like a clock or a timer
    the clocks were ticking
  • v  sew
    tick a mattress
  • v  put a check mark on or near or next to
    tick off the items
News & Articles

  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - Fast Company Magazine
  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - Bay Weekly
  • 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 › ]
    June 12, 2013 - SFist

  • Durham Veterinarian Warns of Summer Flea and Tick Season for Pets
    DURHAM, N.C. -- New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC is reminding pet owners about the dangers of summer flea and tick season. According to veterinarian Dr. Soren Windram, pets need medicated protection ...
    June 16, 2013 - GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance
  • Girl Dies After Tick Bite Infection
    A 6-year-old North Carolina girl has died from Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. Emilee Russell of Black Mountain, N.C., died Wednesday, two-and-a-half weeks after she was bitten by a tick over Memorial Day weekend, ABC affiliate WLOS reported. Her family...        
    June 14, 2013 - ABC News
  • Dr. Dana Johnson: Avoiding tick bites
    Dear Dr. Johnson: How can I prevent my child from getting tick bites?
    June 13, 2013 - Wisconsin State Journal