Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
– Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet
Plagiarism, though, is not flattery. The dictionary defines plagiarism as the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. Plagiarism is not merely imitation. It is copying and owning the work as his own. There are instances that a writer felt pleased as someone copied his style or took him as a model. But copying so many words from a composition that it makes up the majority of the plagiarist’s work – and worse, without giving credit – is no longer flattery. It is offensive.
Which leads PSST.Ph to ponder on the reasons that pushes a person to plagiarize.
I got your letter. I did not have plans answering you. However, the sudden wonderful turn of events pushed me to write you back. I am just like any happy wife who can’t contain her happiness.
I do not know if my dear husband has already relayed the message to you. Probably not. Just this morning, in his rush to the office, he forgot his mobile phone. How can he call or text you, unless he has another phone he keeps from me.
Anyway, I got and read your text messages. How demanding can you be! You’re nagging my husband for an explanation why he didn’t make it last February 13. Also, how can you be so insistent on leaving 17 missed calls in less than an hour? I thought nagging is part of a wife’s play? Then how funny you suddenly reverted and became the most forgiving and understanding a mistress. I just cannot fathom how my husband tolerates such childish acts.
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