The words ticks, tics, tix sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do ticks, tics, tix sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: ticks, tics, tix are homophones of the English language.
Plural form of tick.
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tick.
Plural form of tic.
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.