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I'm currently stumped trying to remember the word for when someone does something or says something in a consistent manner as part of their personality. For example, my friend Sam always shrugs his shoulders high and smiles when my coworkers ask him redundant questions. I wanna say that's his personality quip or gesture but I know that's not the right word. I feel like it starts with a P but I could be wrong.

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I like this one best

mannerism
: a person's particular way of talking or moving

But some other possibilities include

  1. practice
  2. pattern
  3. propensity
  4. habit
  5. quirk
  6. idiosyncrasy
  • Can you add summaries of the other words as well? – Nathan Tuggy Jun 25 '16 at 2:26
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The word that I would use is

mannerism - something that a person does repeatedly with their face, hands, or voice, and that they may not realize they are doing.

If it is particularly unusual, you could call it a quirk or foible

quirk - an unusual habit or part of someone's personality, or something that is strange and unexpected

foible - a strange habit or characteristic that is seen as not important and not harming anyone

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