Tic or Tick?
Tic or Tick?What is the difference between "tic" and "tick"?
- A "tic" is an involuntary twitch.
- For everything else, use "tick."
More about "Tic"The noun "tic" is an involuntary contraction of the muscles, usually in the face.
- I have a number of violent tics. Tourette syndrome is not just compulsive actions but compulsive thoughts too. (Actor Dash Mihok)
- Tics are often invisible to the observer, such as abdominal tensing or toe crunching.
More about "Tick"The word "tick" has many meanings.
(1) Tick: A mark to show something is correct or completed.
- Why isn't there a tick next to my name? (This is an example of "tick" being used as a noun.)
- The 'don't know' answer sometimes is the box you should tick. (Comedian Robin Ince) (This is an example of "tick" being used as a verb.)
- Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and clocks tick regardless of how we lead our lives. (Author John C Maxwell) (This is an example of "tick" being used as a verb.)
- The tick in my watch is driving me insane. (This is an example of "tick" being used as a noun.)
- Anyone who devotes time and attention to what makes people tick, to me, is a smart person. (Actor Ron Silver) (This is an example of "tick" being used figuratively.)
- He'll be back in a tick.
- I know runners who have suffered a tick bite and ended up with Lyme disease. I'll take an angry moose any day. (Author Don Kardong)