Antics or antiques

An antique, pic: © Iulius Costache, Dreamstime

These two sound very much alike but they have very different meanings.  Let’s start with the more common and well-known one: antiques.

Antiques are old, often precious items: art, collectibles, furniture, books, toys.  Antiques are collected and valued because they are old and rare.  English has made a funny – at least in my mind – verb out of it:  “antiquing”.  When you go with the girl-friends (or boyfriends, husbands or better yet gay friends) to antique stores to look at, bargain for, and buy antiques you are ‘antiquing”.

Example:  “When we lived in England we would often go antiquing in the country on the weekend.”

Now for antics.  FYI, it always has the -s at the end.  Antics are defined as funny, strange or odd behavior.  Antics are designed to attract attention and not everybody will necessarily think that all antics are indeed funny.
Examples:  “At the zoo we looked at length at the antics of the monkey.  It was very funny.”

“Every time a football player scores a goal they go through this little dance routine.  After a while these antics are quite annoying.”

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