Innovative Imitation

By Dave Fox
Oslo, Norway

I first lived here as an exchange student 20 years ago, and for as long as I’ve known this country, it’s been trendy among teenagers to speak English, to blurt out English slang, to listen to English-language music, and to wear T-shirts with slogans in English.

With English a required subject starting in first grade, most Norwegian teens speak English very well. But I’m not convinced they always get the concept behind the words on their T-shirts.

Walking down the street today, I saw a guy, around 15 years old, wearing a shirt that said, “Always innovate. Never imitate.”

He was talking to a friend. His friend was also wearing a T-shirt that said, “Always innovate. Never imitate.”

Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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