Saturday, November 25, 2006


Dead Plagiarists Society

I've a piece on googling plagiarism among 19th century writers on Slate this week.

One of the most enjoyable parts of writing it was seeing the extraordinary fecundity of language, simply by typing perfectly ordinary sentences in Google Book Search (or even just regular Google) and finding zero results -- or a mere googlewhack of one hit.

A sentence like this one, for example.

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