Monday, May 5, 2008

Mea Culpa Monday: Kids plagiarize the darndest things!

By Joe Uchill
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For the second year in a row, one of the winners of the Washington Post’s contest for child poets has been outed as a plagiarist. Credit the poem “Horrible. Just Horrible,” printed in the “KidsPost,” to Shel Silverstein. Ombudsmen Deborah Howell notes that the youngest reader to notice that a dead poet’s work had been resurrected by today’s youth was 10-year-old Hannah Engle.

I can only imagine that a 10-year-old fact checker is adorable. A stern look, horn rimmed glasses and a cardigan. Perhaps, and I can go either way on this, she’s a 10-year-old cat lady.

The correction did not mention any details about the young almost-poet. Perhaps he had some cuteness edge.

Next year, the Post might want to stick to something more difficult to cheat at. Like a bake-off or ultimate fighting.

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