Practising writing was a daily exercise. The teacher drew an ice block on the blackboard. This is how we remember ‘practice’ the noun. Ice is a noun. The cubical drawing had black sides. The verb ‘practise’ has is in it. It’s a verb. This is how we spent August in Year Six. Nicholas Hudson (‘Modern Australian Usage’) told the Johnson Society we should decide on one use and keep to it. He gave the impression he was an ice man, simple black-and-white. Practice continues divided, with only Americans blurring what is is and what is not is. Or not caring.