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"Answers by rote" and "Quote by rote" means:

  1. Mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.
  2. Done by memory alone, without understanding or thought.
  3. A routine, mechanical way of doing something.
  4. Habitual repetition of standardised answers, sound bites, buzzwords and quotes by memory alone, without due thought or judgment.


"Mechanical answers":

  1. Mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.
  2. Done by memory alone, without understanding or thought.
  3. A routine, mechanical way of doing something.
  4. Habitual repetition of standardised answers, sound bites, buzzwords and quotes by memory alone, without due thought or judgment.


"Parrot answers" and "Parroted answers" means:

  • It is a post 2010 UK term that is derived from "Parroting on",
  1. Acting like a trained parrot repeating something over and over, by rote, for a reward from amused people.
  2. Rerepeating something, generally by rote, apparently insanely over and over like a trained parrot, so as to get a point over.
  3. Habitual repetition of standardised answers, sound bites, buzzwords and quotes by memory alone, without due thought or judgment.
Tony Blair was accused of being a Political parrot in late 2008.
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