Tuesday, May 21, 2013

tic/tick: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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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