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I'm wondering how to call the phenomenon that happens when people spend a lot of time together and end up sharing similar vocabulary or reusing the other's expressions? Is there a term for this?

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You might be referring to mimicry or linguistic mimicry. Mimicry is more broad than just vocabulary and expressions, but the general principle of imitating what others in a social group are doing applies.

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  • $\begingroup$ This was not exactly what I was looking for but allowed me to find what I needed - The Chameleon Effect. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – curious Nov 25 '14 at 23:57

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