I know that there is a term for the things someone does. Little things, like the way you fold your arms or the filler words you use in your sentences.
I would like to know what the word is if anyone knows what I mean.
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“Idiosyncrasy” is a great word for referring to the unique things a person does, while “mannerism” might suit certain uses better as a more general term:
- a habitual gesture or way of speaking or behaving; an idiosyncrasy.
For instance, I might say “[my pet] Aki has an idiosyncrasy where he's prone to running in circles when it's snowing at night.”¹ That is a specific behavior that is unique to that particular individual.
Conversely, I could say “David Cameron has adopted all the mannerisms of Tony Blair, including using his hands a lot to show he's sincere.”² Many people gesticulate or use their hands while talking, and some patterns resemble one another, so this is not an idiosyncracy of Cameron or Blair, but a common mannerism that they purportedly share.
The closest match that comes to my mind is idiosyncrasy.
idiosyncrasy (plural idiosyncrasies)
1: A mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual
one of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first
1.1: A distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing:
the idiosyncrasies of the prison system