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My sister-in-law SEL recently pointed out an endearing, if perhaps annoying, habit of mine: I pick up quickly on unusual sayings and phrases and incorporate them readily - occasionally ad nauseum - into my own speech. This has led me to greet that very same sister-in-law with the chorus of Lionel Richie's "Hello" for several years running. I have more recently adopted her own signature tagline whenever telling a silly or uncanny anecdote: "Believe it."
I posted recently about my fine memory for song lyrics and I think there may be a correlation here. Maybe it's even a diagnosable syndrome: something like Highly Impressionable Hearing Disorder.
When it comes to clever sayings, are you a trendsetter or a trend follower?