They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when a friend is continually copying you it can be beyond annoying. People may copy your great fashion sense, your ideas, your amazing jokes or even your homework.
If the copycat wants to try to emulate everything you do there is nothing you can do to stop them, but you might want to stop sharing what your next move is and distance yourself.
It can feel like someone is trying to steal your what’s unique about you. A high self esteem person doesn’t feel the need to hijack someone else’s identity, they are happy being themselves.
Here are few snappy comebacks to let them know that you are on to their copycat ways.
What to say to a copycat
- It’s called originality, you should try it sometime.
- Thanks for trying so hard to be just like me. I wouldn’t want to be you, either.
- Be yourself, everyone is already taken.
- Maybe if you got your own life you wouldn’t fail so miserably to trying to copy mine.
- You were born an original don’t die a copy.
- Bitch, don’t copy my style.
- Be yourself, an original is always worth more than a copy.
- You can copy me but you can’t be me.
- You can copy all you want but you’ll always be one step behind.
- Live up to your own potential instead of copying someone else’s
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Being a copycat can be very expensive
When Robin Thicke wrote the song “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell Williams he ripped off Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” Even though Marvin’s song was written back in 1977, a jury decided that Williams and Thicke must pay out Gaye’s family $7.3 million. The moral of the story is don’ copy, anyone, be yourself and write your own songs.
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