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    adapatable way of speaking

    Hi, could anyone tell me if there is a proper term for adapting your way of talking according to the type of person you are addressing? For instance, you are more polite and pay more attention to your speech when dealing with authority figures, but you speak more lazily and use slang when chatting to friends; sometimes you use the same words as the person you are chatting to even if you wouldn't normally. Sympathetic speech is what I was thinking of calling it, but I think there is a proper name for it!

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    Re: adapatable way of speaking

    i think in psychology such an attitude is called empathy.

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    Re: adapatable way of speaking

    Possibly "verbal mirroring" >> title

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