from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities.
- intransitive v. To have a tic; produce tics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles.
- n. Shortened form of ticket
- v. To exhibit a tic; to undergo convulsive muscle movements.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; -- called also spasmodic tic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A habitual spasmodic contraction of certain muscles, especially of the face; twitching; vellication: especially applied to tic-douloureux, or facial neuralgia. See tic-douloureux.
- n. An African beefeater or ox-pecker; an ox-bird. See cuts under Buphaga and Textor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a local and habitual twitching especially in the face
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Mr. Carlin's most disturbing tic is a faux-intimate style.
My personal tic is the overuse, as you mention, of adverbs and speech descriptors (ask, proposed, acknowledged – etc etc!)
One of the things that I learned at Viable Paradise was that this can easily happen by accident — you associate a certain tic or action with writing, and your brain seizes on the connection.
Such a twitch is usually known as a tic (a word arising from the same root that "twitch" does, perhaps).
The painful muscular spasms associated with trigeminal neuralgia are sometimes referred to as tic douloureux (tik doo-loo-ruh '; "painful twitch" French).
Such as above, I don’t think saying you “really mean to use” a specific language tic is any more forceful than saying that you “mean to use” them.
While habits are normal, a tic might be a symptom of a health problem.
You really have to get over your name-calling tic in order for me to take you seriously.
My only real problem with it is that the author has a seriously annoying tic, which is to say he seems to be unable to pen a single chapter without Portentous Utterances Of Impending Doom, of the "Little did they know --" variety.