Not really…this time. But following my own advice at the end of the Apr. 10, 2013 post, here’s my best shot at a “fRANKLINISM” (note small “f”).

When a student passes his teacher, both get high marks.


For the record, if you “cite” this, you can confidently say (I think) it started HERE. For bit more babble and more on citing, or quoting, information use the DOOR.


Observe, if you haven’t already, that in the word “passes” (above) has a double meaning–saying (1) that teacher is worth it and has not “failed,” and/or (2) that on the ladder of life the student has in some sense reached a higher rung than the teacher, and also that the teacher has succeeded in what he’s supposed to do. That’s certainly happened to me many, many times in my career.

(Realize, please, that I recognize that just as disemboweling a good poem can kill it, so can too much commentary on a sentence. So enough here!)

In practical or detailed writing it’s important to give credit to others’ original work, a responsibility or art that’s fast disappearing. Startling revelations of plagiarism occur regularly from people you wouldn’t expect it from. If you use something specific that you know came from somewhere else, but for the life of you you can’t locate it, then at least admit that in a note.

Chasing down where expressions come from is can be a fascinating adventure. Writing parody and satire on original things can also be fun. More on these later.


Hmsch [♠]  A discussion of plagiarism and writing of parallel paragraphs with and without plagiarism can be useful.

Author: John Knapp