THE majority of people just repeat popular words and phrases without knowing what they mean.
The Institute for Studies found that most human interaction was simply repetition of clichéd phrases and ideas learned from TV, the internet and people who are considered clever.
Humans generally have no idea of the meanings of the words they are saying, but are simply mimicking sounds.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: “We found that most communication consisted of well-worn phrases such as ‘You could not make it up’, ‘It’s a no-brainer’ and ‘Coffee through nose moment!’
“Other popular ‘word-groups’ include ‘they could do with another goal’, ‘duck is quite a fatty meat’ and ‘worst thing ever’.
“Humans are clearly not the creative, highly evolved mammals we imagined, and I now believe we are more similar genetically to parrots or photocopiers.”
Marketing manager Donna Sheridan said: “The idea that we all just repeat things we’ve heard sounds like rubbish to me. These scientists should come down from their ivory towers and try living in the real world.
“I have original thoughts all the time, but that’s probably because I’m a Pisces and pisceans are very creative.”