the one who repeats what other people say

Discussion in 'English Only' started by L.2, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. L.2 Senior Member

    Saudi Arabia
    What do you call the person who hasn't an independent thinking? In Arabic we say parrot. I heard a British says sheep, Is this correct?

  2. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    "Parrot" works in American English as well, if you are talking about their speech. If you are talking about their character, "sheep" is good. We have many terms, depending on the topic (politics, culture, religion) and the speaker's point of view who is labeling the other person. "Parrot" and "sheep" are good general terms.
  3. johnydynamic Senior Member

    Northern California
    English - US
    If the intent is to convey that the person is wholly controlled by another, "puppet" would be most precise.
  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    As will be clear from the previous answers ... we need more context, L.2:)!
  5. L.2 Senior Member

    Saudi Arabia
    The British was talking about homosexuality and that he was a sheep repeating what other people say but now he is not against gays though he is not gay himself.
    Here he pointed to his speech not character but yet used the word sheep?
  6. Wilma_Sweden

    Wilma_Sweden Senior Member

    Lund, Sweden
    Swedish (Scania)
    I would say that he actually referred to his character: sheep stick with their flock and don't stray. Likewise, this man did what the others did and voiced a certain opinion about gays without actually stopping to think for himself. Thus, he was a sheep.
  7. kalamazoo Senior Member

    US, English
    I don't think we could call the person himself a "parrot" but we might use "parrot" as a verb to indicate someone was just repeating something - e.g. "He's just parroting receive opinion." You can find quite a few examples by Googling. Here's one:
    "The reporter's job is to do research to find the facts. But too often they seem to parrot back whatever is fed to them by press releases, politicians, or other news reports"

    The person is more like a "sheep." So I guess we could say that "sheep are people who just parrot others' ideas.":) There's a rather mixed metaphor!
  8. L.2 Senior Member

    Saudi Arabia
    Thanks all

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