For my next trick, I will emulate Dwight Howard's free-throw style

I just caught a student plagiarizing. He actually cut and pasted in an entire paragraph, without any alterations, from…

Yahoo Answers!

That is like cheating on the final by sitting next to the guy with an F minus average and copying his answers.

UPDATE: Damned voice recognition: "white Howard"!


  1. Don't jump to conclusions! He might be a very public-minded student: he might have supplied the Yahoo Answers answer after having answered the question for the assignment! He's doing a public service!

  2. Anonymous5:30 PM

    I'm curious as to what tipped you off.

    1. S/he used the word "purported." Immediately, I thought, "No way this student knows what 'purported' means!"

    2. Anonymous9:09 AM

      That is a credit upon you, that you know your students that well. Then again, it could be the case that most of your students don't know what "purported" means. For some reason I cannot completely discount the latter.


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