Any funny euphemisms or synonyms for plagiarism?
I think Tom's paper was 'inspired' by one he found on the internet!
I also like Reg's 'borrowed'.
I see Tom has once again stressed his green credentials, given that his paper was 'recycled' from the internet!
Or [deviating away from synonyms]
Plagiarised? No, I was merely 'paying homage' to [the other author]!
Gandhi said that 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'; I think Tom has seriously flattered another author!
You could say of someone who has written something of dubious provenance
If "talent imitates and genius steals", then this author is a genius.
The link above goes to video where Steve Jobs quotes Picasso saying "Good artists imitate, great artists steal"
Ironically, that quote is itself attributed to various people according to a page on the original wiki called SwipedFromTheBestWithPride
It's Picasso: "Bad artists copy. Great artists steal." http://www.thinkexist.com/English/Author/x/Author_3889_3.htm
This has been variously attributed, in various forms, to Picasso (see http://quote.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso), Igor Stravinsky, T.S. Eliot, Sir Thomas Beecham and others. Other forms include:
* Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal. * Great composers do not borrow - they steal. * Good artists copy; great artists steal.
(Not identical but a related sentiment) Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. (If you plagiarise from enough authors concurrently you get to call it "research".)
Shephard Fairey calls it referencing