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Yesterday I used the phrase the Teeny Tiny Tick instead of the usual word for the beginning of the universe – BIG BANG. It describes the very beginning event more precisely because at the very beginning what was to become the UNIVERSE was tiny.

It was so tiny that it needed an emphasizing word like teeny. Thus, the universe that we know began as a teeny tiny event. I prefer the spelling tic instead of tick because it emphasizes the brevity of the event in its shortness of spelling and pronunciation. The English word tic is said by some linguists like Joseph Greenberg, who studied the origins of words, to be the oldest and most widespread of words in the whole of the world’s languages. As words go, tic and its many variations are ubiquitous. Generally, it means one, singular; a moment in time like a tap, a tattoo, a rap, a knock, a blow, a pat, a beat, a slap, a hit, a clap, and a click.

For the purpose of defining the origin of the universe, the word tic is also associated with the sound of mechanical clocks ticking. My fraternal grandmother told me that her house resounded with those tics for her entire life, which lasted ninety-six years. She seemed to measure her life, not by years, but by the sound of those tics. That first moment in that minuscule place in time and space could, in thought, be measured with a tic, and it would have been a Teeny Tiny Tic.

The first tic was embedded within the first time-space, matter-energy.