Tic vs. Tick (Grammar Rules)

Tic and tick are homophones that have very different meanings. One word is often tied to involuntary (or unconscious) movements or language, while the other has to do with clocks, sounds, counting, and bloodsucking arachnids. (Common Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them.) So let’s look at the differences between tic and tick and when … Read more

Berth vs. Birth (Grammar Rules)

Anchorage and birth are two homonyms that have very different meanings. One word is closely related to creation, while the other relates to transportation, sleeping and saving a lot of space. (Common typing errors and how to fix them.) So let’s take a look at the differences between bed and birth and when to use … Read more

Medal vs. Meddle vs. Metal vs. Mettle (Grammar Rules)

Let’s start 2022 with a set of words that could annoy anyone if they weren’t paying attention: medal, interference, metal, power. In this group we have a pair of homophones and some oblique rhymes to counter that also have related meanings, although certainly not the same. (Common typing errors and how to fix them.) So … Read more