“Nature versus nurture” is a term so ingrained into our language when talking about the upbringing of children to why people behave the way they do.

It turns out, that phrase was coined by Francis Galton, the father of the pseudoscience of eugenics.

We mirror our behaviors from the people that have come before us. Most of the time, without even knowing. When we hear phrases like “In this economy?” or “ballpark figure”–what are we really saying? More importantly, who are we copying?