I use it quite often. However today I was quite surprised at what I found when I looked up the word Plagiarism. Low and behold what do I see?
Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.
Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors, or researchers is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud and offenders are subject to academic censure. In journalism, plagiarism is considered a breach of journalistic ethics, and reporters caught plagiarizing typically face disciplinary measures ranging from suspension to termination. Some individuals caught plagiarizing in academic or journalistic contexts claim that they plagiarized unintentionally, by failing to include quotations or give the appropriate citation.
I’d like to say you could have knocked me over with a Q-tip but I’m not surprised that The Publisher’s picture is in the dictionary, associated with this word. Here is just one of many examples found and exposed by Mike Balburn* over at PutnamLIES.com. Please also note the bold text that has been highlighted.
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*Special thanks for Mike Balburn for the use of the picture.