Not too long ago, I was watching TV when I heard the interviewee explaining to her audience that love was “playing hide and sick” with her.

The expression should be ‘hide and seek’, not ‘hide and sick’. Most people tend to mix up the two.

To seek is to look for, whereas sick means ill. Their pronunciations will differ when you emphasize and prolong the ‘e’ sound in ‘seek’.  With ‘sick’, you shorten the ‘i’ sound. The same applies to feel and fill, deem and dim, seat and sit.

You will be amazed how learned you will sound when you apply these rules to your communication.

Get it right, say it right.