ticks, tics, tix

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.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of tick.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tick.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of tic.

  1. :: noun


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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").