As simple as the language listed here is supposed to be, it is usually mishandled in three ways. Interestingly, because its meaning (i.e., through thick and thin) echoes the uncertainty of life, it’s a common saying. But there is a need to master your writing.
Tick or thick?
‘Tick’ and ‘thick’ are valid words in English. But their meanings and uses are different. ‘Tick’, among other meanings, refers to a mark used to indicate that an item in a list or text is correct or has been verified, while ‘thick’ means that it is not thin or flat, but has a large distance between two sides. In the context of the language of the sweet and sour seasons, the required term is ‘thick’, not tick. Therefore, you should always avoid mixing them. The expression is ‘thick and thin’.
Similarly, note that there is a difference between ‘ticket’ and ‘scrub’. Look up the words in the dictionary if you are not sure.
The second problem with ‘in tick and thin’ is that the preposition that is placed with ‘thick and thin’ is ‘through’, not ‘in’. So the structure is flawed in the way many people express it, using ‘in’ with it. We say against all odds:
The vice president stayed with his boss in ticks and skinny. (Wrong)
The vice president stuck with his boss through thick and thin. (Wrong)
The vice president stayed with his boss through thick and thin. (Correct)
The third common language mistake is a remnant from the hall of inadequacies that taints the spoken English of many users. In several cases, people do not differentiate between the pronunciation of T and TH. As a result, whether or not they spell the word ‘thick’ correctly, they still miss the way they articulate it. They pronounce both words the same, with ‘thick’ being the victim.
In this class, we have worked a lot on the theta sound, as we have done on tres, throw, think, thought, earth, health, rich, wrath, breath, moth, kith, thanks, prosper, etc. When pronouncing them, the ‘th’ letters should not be pronounced like T. They are not Tree, Trow, Tink, Tought earT, etc. Rather they should sound like THree, THrow, THink, Thought and earTH. That’s why ‘thick’ should not be pronounced like Tick but THick.
To pronounce the TH sound, as we have it in the words listed, which is different from what we have in the, that, this, and those, the tip of the tongue tries to cross the upper and lower lips, with gentle friction. that produces the musical consonant. This is different from what happens when you articulate the T, where the tip of the tongue makes contact with the upper teeth. Practice the pronunciations of T and TH with the help of online videos.