In 2013, Der Spiegel pressed him on his condition: Der Spiegel: Has a ball ever slipped out of your hands because of a tic?
I nervously said something about her shirt being off, and she laughed, and we switched the game to tic Tac Toe.
Elsewhere on this website, Andrew Sullivan has brilliantly designated these convolutions as a “tic of his generation.”
twitching of a facial muscle, 1822, often a shortening of tic douloureux "severe facial neuralgia," literally "painful twitch" (1800), from French tic "a twitching disease of horses" (early 17c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests an imitative origin; French etymologists compare it to Italian ticchio "whim, caprice."
A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities. Also called habit spasm.