Imitation

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, pic: http://www.inmagine.com

Today an idiom about flattery: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.  What that basically means is that if somebody copies what you do, how you dress, talk, what you do they do so because they are impressed by whatever it is your doing.

So, instead of being mad, at the imitated you should be proud and thankful to the imitator because they could pay them no higher compliment than doing as they do.  The common reaction to being imitated, e.g. to that neighbor/friend who copies your style to dress, your recipes and table center pieces, is annoyance rather than the feeling of being flattered.  However, maybe, we should reconsider this sentiment.

One has to be a little careful with this idiom, though, it is often used ironically.

Here are some examples:

“Mom, Madison always doing everything I do.”  It is so annoying.”

“Don’t worry, Emily, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Here is an article headlined “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

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