Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Plagiarism doesn't always pay

Philipp Lenssen over at Google Blogoscoped discusses a case of Google-enabled plagiarism in his mother's (who is a teacher) class. It reminded me of a funny little story told to me by a good friend. So there was this boy in his class who was well-known (among the boys) for plagiarising. One day, he was summoned by his Spanish teacher, who held up an essay he'd just handed in and asked, "Did you copy this from the Internet?" He vigorously protested his innocence. "In that case," the teacher replied, "why is it in Portuguese?"