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The term copycat (also written as copy-cat or copy cat) refers to the tendency of humans to duplicate the behavior of others, as expressed in the saying, "monkey see, monkey do." Behavior or behaviour (see spelling differences) refers to the actions or reactions of an object or organism, usually in relation to the environment. ... Cynomolgus Monkey at Batu Caves, Malaysia Monkeys, Mori Sosen (1749-1821) A monkey is any member of two of the three groupings of simian primates. ...


This notably happens in the case of "copycat crimes", where a notorious or unusual crime inspires a wave of similar activity; this can happen with crimes ranging from shoplifting of particular items and graffiti, up to copycat suicides and murders. The term is used both for the act and for the person. It is often used in the derogatory sense, meaning a plagiarist. The "copycat effect" refers to the tendency of sensational publicity about a violent murder or suicide to cause more of the same. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Graffiti on the banks of the Tiber river in Rome, Italy. ... A copycat suicide is defined as a duplication or copycat of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide on television and in other media. ... Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty; it is a matter of deceit: fooling a reader into believing that certain written material is original when it is not. ... The copycat effect refers to the tendency of sensation publicity about violent murder(s) or suicide(s) to cause more of the same. ...


The expression may have originated from observing the habits of kittens that learned by imitating the behaviors of their mother. Copycat has been in recorded use since at least 1896, in Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs" but the expression could be many decades older. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1895 in literature, other events of 1896, 1897 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sarah Orne Jewett Sarah Orne Jewett (September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909) was an American author whose works were set in her native New England. ... The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) is considered Sarah Orne Jewetts finest work, described by Henry James as her beautiful little quantum of achievement. ...

  • Copycat is also the name of a 1995 thriller starring Sigourney Weaver about a serial murderer in San Franscico whose MO is to copy the killings of high profile killers.
  • CopyCat is also an alternative "full name" for CC (cat), a cloned cat created in 2001.
  • Copycat is also a computer model of analogy-making, developed by Douglas Hofstadter and Melanie Mitchell.
  • The Copycats are a villainous musical band of anthropomorphic cats in the cartoon Kidd Video.
  • Copycat is also the name of a character of the Marvel Universe. A mutant, whose ability was to duplicate the form of any person nearby. Copycat was later killed by Sabretooth.
  • Copycat is also the name of a character of the Wildstorm Universe. She is a genetically enhanced member of the super team DV8.
  • Copycat is also the nickname of a very minor character in the Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow games in Saffron City. Giving her a PokéDoll will make her happy enough to give you TM 31, Mimic, which makes the user copy one enemy attack.
  • The Copycat effect is where reporting on a tragic event causes others to perform similar behaviour.
  • Copycat is the name of a Java sketchpad that records writing and speaking, see Copycat
  • An information technology company based in east Africa. [1]

Copycat (1995) is an American suspense movie thriller. ... Weaver on the Sept 1997 cover of Movieline magazine Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ripley in Alien (1979) and its sequels. ... Modus operandi (often used in the abbreviated form MO) is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as mode of operation. ... CC at age 2 with her owner CC (born December 22, 2001), short for CopyCat or Carbon Copy, is a brown tabby and white domestic shorthair and the first cloned pet. ... Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of an original. ... Copycat is a model of analogy making and human cognition based on the concept of the parallel terraced scan, developed by Douglas Hofstadter, Melanie Mitchell, and others at the at Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University at Bloomington. ... Douglas Richard Hofstadter (born February 15, 1945) is an American academic. ... Melanie Mitchell is a scientist who has worked at the Santa Fe Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory. ... Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ... Kidd Video was a saturday morning cartoon in the 1980s that was quintessential of the decade. ... Real Name: Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle Affiliation: None Previous Affiliations: X-Force, New Mutants Aliases: Domino (II) Relatives: Burt (deceased father), Dorothy (mother) Status: Deceased (Sabretooth) Alternate-X Versions: Sister Carlysle (Age of Apocalypse) Powers & History: Copycat is a very gifted shape-shifter, able to transform into another person so precisely... Sabretooth (Victor Creed) is a Marvel Comics character, an arch-enemy of the X-Men’s Wolverine. ... Copycat is the name of a comic book character from DC Comics/Wildstorm Comics. ... Wildstorm Wildstorm Productions, or simply WildStorm, is an American publisher of comic books. ... DV8 is a comic book published by Wildstorm. ... Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red and Pocket Monsters: Green) are the first two installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games, released for the Game Boy in Japan in 1996. ... Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is the fourth game in the Pokémon video game series in Japan and the third game in the series in North America. ... Saffron City is a fictional large metropolis, the center of the urban plains in the center of Kanto. ... The copycat effect refers to the tendency of sensation publicity about violent murder(s) or suicide(s) to cause more of the same. ... The Java Platform is the name for a computing environment, or platform, from Sun Microsystems which can run applications developed using the Java programming language and set of development tools. ...

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Copycat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (441 words)
Copycat has been in recorded use since at least 1896, in Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs" but the expression could be many decades older.
Copycat is also the name of a 1995 thriller starring Sigourney Weaver about a serial murderer in San Franscico whose MO is to copy the killings of high profile killers.
Copycat is also the name of a character of the Wildstorm Universe.
Ask Ms. Copycat | Copyright | University of Colorado at Boulder (1260 words)
Copycat hopes that the something you will do is to take advantage of the resources at this wonderful university of ours and take a course that gives you a better understanding of the First Amendment, her personal favorite.
Copycat is no lawyer, and although her advice in this response and any others should not be construed as legal advice, she can say that merely indicating that a work is copyrighted is not enough to qualify for fair use.
Copycat regrets to be the one to break the news that you might be a lawbreaker, lonely or not, and hopes that you will dutifully resist the temptation to tape a tape.
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