A few days ago, my friend Coralie was talking about how she says and writes with "so..." a lot. Anyone who's been to this blog knows that "so..." is a verbal/written problem of mine too. I also say "yeah?" entirely too much.
Some of the ticks, well, I'm aware of them. Others? Not so much. When my mom was in two watching Nathan, we noticed a new verbal habit of his. Every statement or question ended with "Okay?" It's as if he needed the reification. "That's not Gordon; it's Thomas. Okay?"
My mom and I laughed at it for a few days, and then I was explaining something to Nathan. "You can't kick because that hurts mama. Okay"
Few things will point out your flaws more immediately than a person under 3 feet tall.