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Tasmanian Index of Community Organizations

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Transversely Intersecting Codimension One

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Tiny Intelligent Combination and Originality

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Technology Innovation and Commercialization Office

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Texas Insurance Checking Office

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Topical Injectable Complex and Ophthalmic

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Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra

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Training Institute Of Central Ohio

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Travel Industry Council of Ontario

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Tico
Tico is a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica. Costa Ricans are usually called ticos by themselves and persons of other Spanish-speaking countries, in place of the more formal costarricenses. There are two popular explanations of the origin of the term tico. The first is that it derives from the tendency of Costa Ricans to use -tico as the diminutive suffix in Spanish instead of the more common and widely used -ito. Literally -tico, when used as a suffix, in Costa Rican Spanish denotes something very small, as the suffix -ito would. Use of -tico versus -ito depends on the word, as not all of them would be easily adapted to -tico suffix. However, this suffix is not unique to Costa Rican Spanish, and is also used in standard Spanish throughout, with varying degrees of frequency. What is unique to Costa Rica is the use of this suffix to also denote affection. Words ending in -ico, -ica, -tico, -tica do not only mean 'small', but also denote affection and similar feelings as well. From a linguistic standpoint, the tico namesake is not the same as the actual suffix utilized in everyday Costa Rican language.

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