Middlesex University lecturer uncovers student terrible plagiarism techniqueBy Editor
Sometimes when you’re writing an essay, and you want it to be your best piece yet, only a perfect word or phrase will do to strengthen a point or argument. But sometimes, if you’re a devious little sneakster you just want to reinforce a theorist’s hypothesis by switching around their words in order for it to look like you’ve come up with a fresh perspective.
However, over at Middlesex University, a principle lecturer at the School of Information and Technology has become wise to this.
It wasn’t till after Chris Sadler was left flummoxed when reading peculiar phrasing within an array of his student’s essays that he coined the term ‘Rogeting’ after the renowned Roget’s Thesaurus.
Sadler defines ‘Rogeting’ as a method that involves, “disguising plagiarism by substituting synonyms, one word at a time with no attempt to understand either the source or target text.”
Within his examination of papers, Sadler found such expressions as ‘sinister bottom’ instead of ‘left behind’ and ‘stay ahead of the competition’ was switched into ‘to tarry fore of the conflict’.
Sure, these students might have had a fair crack of the whip when writing their essays, but sadly it stood out like a sore bum to the lecturer. He was upset that it meant his undergraduate had to be reprimanded.
Speaking to Times Higher Education he continued: “This was a sad business for me and especially [for] my student, but I do think ‘sinister buttocks’ deserves a prize.”
Have you ever come up with some ridiculous phrases using synonyms? If so, leave them in the comments section. But remember: plagiarism is a serious offence, so it’s probably best you come up with arguments of your own when writing your next piece.