Why do children "Copy" and teens/adults "Emulate"?
When one kid repeats or does something the same as another kid, we used to say “He copied that” or “He’s a copy cat”. When politicians refer to things like violent movies or video games as motivators for crimes in high school and so on, they use the word “Emulate”... like “The racing accident occurred when Lovelocke tried to emulate the jump he saw in the film”.
Is there some reason for the difference, and why they largely appear to have the same usage? Is it because there’s actual legal text or something that specifically uses the word “Emulate”?
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