do you have strange verbal compulsions? or am i the only one? and i'm not talking about tourette's. (aside: if i had to be afflicted with a neurological disorder, i think i might choose tourette's. i could then swear with impunity.)
for a long time, i couldn't hiccup without saying "hiccup" immediately after the hiccup ended. i don't know why. it's totally bizarre and completely inexplicable from any logical or rational perspective. i don't do it as much anymore, but once in a while it pops out and then the people i'm with look at me like i've just done something wacky and i can't figure out why. because, you know--when you hiccup, you say hiccup. it's just what you do.
my favorite of my verbal habits has to do with pigs (but not mini ones). you all know that fantastic scene in the princess bride when wesley, the dread pirate roberts, lies completely incapacitated on a bed describing to prince humperdinck what it means to fight to the pain. and when that manly man the prince attempts to call his bluff, wesley replies, "it's possible . . . pig." it is impossible--literally impossible--for me to hear someone make the statement "it's possible" without thinking "pig." and i almost always utter that "pig" before i think about whether or not i should. so if i randomly call you "pig" someday, take a moment and think back over the conversation. and you'll know whether i'm actually calling you a pig, or whether i just can't control myself in response to some statement of possibility.