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Monkey See, Monkey Do…
Episode 9018th November 2022 • Soapbox Daily • Mad Morgan
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Monkey see, monkey do is a pidgin-style saying that was already called an "old saying" in 1900. The saying refers to the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works. Another definition implies the act of imitation, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern for the consequences.

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Versions of the saying that appeared in U.S. commercial advertisements for shoes and other apparel in the 1890s suggested it was popularly established by then, and an article in Sharpe's London Magazine half a century earlier had pointed to monkeys' habit of mimicry: "Whatever [a monkey] sees men do, he must affect to do the like himself." The West African folklore tale of a peddler whose wares are ransacked by monkeys that proceed to imitate his gestures of outrage has been retold by Esphyr Slobodkina in Caps for Sale (A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business) and by Baba Wagué Diakité in The Hatseller and the Monkeys. Diakité notes that versions of his tale also are found in Egypt, Sudan, India, and England, and indeed have existed in Europe since the Middle Ages.

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While other sources say that 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' is a saying that originated in Jamaica in the early 18th century and popped up in American culture in the early 1920s. The saying refers to learning something by mimicry, without understanding why it works or concerned about the consequences.

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In Laymans Terms - An expression describing someone who imitates another person's actions, good or bad, simply by having watched them before.

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