Do you know where the word plagiarise comes from? I do, and it's very interesting:

plagiarize or plagiarise
v. take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own.
- DERIVATIVES plagiarism n. plagiarist n. plagiaristic adj. plagiarizer n.
- ORIGIN C18 (earlier (C17) as plagiarism): from L. plagiarius 'kidnapper'.

I wrote that definition myself.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Do you know where the word patronising comes from? Sit down quietly, like a good boy & I will tell you.

  2. You couldn't make it up #37

    Postcard in my local Tesco:-

    Renault Laguna 1998. 60,000 miles.Long M.O.T.

    Lady owner Fully serviced.

  3. "Plagiarize,
    Let no one else's work evade your eyes,
    Remember why the good Lord made your eyes,
    So don't shade your eyes,
    But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize -
    Only be sure always to call it please 'research'."

    Tom Lehrer - The Great Lobachevsky

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