Writer tics

An editor once asked me, without a trace of sarcasm, if the characters in my story had Parkinson's. That's how often people were shaking their heads. People whisper a lot, too. And say "but". (that's a Swedish tic. We tend to start a sentence with "but" whenever there's something we don't agree with, or are outraged by, or dubious about, or think is stupid, or are unsure about ... you get the idea. My native dialect has about five or six ways of saying "but". If something is extra idiotic, there are at least three ways of expressing it just by saying "but"*. Sadly, the word for "but" is not a homonym of the word for "butt".)

*Ah-MEN, Men-ÅÅÅÅÅH, [click]meh