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To advise someone is to give them advice. If you haven’t a clue as to what you are talking about, but you advise someone nonetheless, that is called either being an asshole or being a consultant, depending on whether you get paid for it.

I don’t know if I’m the only one this happens to, but advise and advice are two words that often end up as the victims of typos when I use them. I know which is which, yet when I go to type them my brain frequently puts a “c” where an “s” should be or vice versa.

Worse, despite knowing the difference, I can proofread my writing several times and still miss the mistake. Yet, if someone says, “you have a typo in that paragraph,” I’ll spot it without them telling me specifically where the typo is. Weird, huh?

I’ve come up with a little mnemonic to help avoid the mistake. The word ice is a noun and it is in the noun advice, but not the verb advise. Simple, huh?

Oh, wait. Damn! Ice can also be a verb, as in to “ice a drink.” Maybe that’s why I have so many problems with advice and advise.

Hell, I think I need a drink. No ice, please.

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