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August 27, 2007
I noticed today how I was picking up words and phrases from online friends.

It is not a deliberate thing, and if I catch myself doing it I begin to stumble over my words.

The same thing happens with accents. If I am speaking for any length of time with someone who has a strong accent, I will begin to edge towards that accent in my own speech.

Does this stem from an insecurity in me, which makes me want to conform to the other person's norms? Or is this mirroring my attempt to make the other person feel comfortable?