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Peeve of the Day

Listen up, people.

A tic is a small involuntary or habitual motion:  Only the nervous tic in his left eyelid betrayed his agitation.

A tick is a bloodsucking arachnid:  After his walk in the woods, he found a deer tick just above the top edge of his right sock.

They mean two different things, and they have two different spellings.

Got it?

Good.

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One thought on “Peeve of the Day

  1. Laurence on said:

    The nervous tick in his left eyelid raised his mandibles and then bit down. Ah, he thought, that’s some good humor at last, the aqueous kind.

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