posted on Jan, 23 2004 @ 12:11 AM
Well, she DID catch you or does she suspect it? You can lie through your teeth and just deny everything, if she really doesn't know 100%. Or, you can
say you did, and instead of arguing with her about it, apologize and just say it won't happen again. The point is, you copied someone else's work.
Sure all facts are the same, but it's not a statistic. It is still a word-for-word phrase someone else used, and copying THAT without stating your
source IS plagiarism, and it is against the known "rules" of our society.
It is understandable that people who wrote it have an ego they must uphold. If someone states that THEY wrote it, then the oringial author's EGO is
damanged and they feel anger that YOU take the credit for their work. They feel angry that THEY are not the ones being given the "money" or the
"praise" that they deserve.
So in reality, it is not really the work that matters, it is WHO wrote it. They wrote it to get the CREDIT for it, not simply to inform!
So because our society operates in such a way, and humans have an ego they must uphold, you should profess and say that maybe you weren't thinking or
didn't think "facts" really were such a big deal. Apparently they are, so just apologize and say you'll never do it again. That should catch them
by surprise, because they are prepared to ATTACK you based on your DEFENSE. They want to break your shield, that is their goal. But when you show them
that you HAVE no shield, they will be caught unprepared and will probably show mercy.
Besides, it is a school court, so just say the information did not seem significant enough to source it, but you were wrong. You now know better, and
the mistake won't be repeated. Simple as that. If you lie or argue, and eventually lose anyway, your punishment will be worse, because you are no
longer someone in violation of some social "rule", you are also now someone who is fighting AGAINST that rule. People don't like it when their
rules are challenged, and they will impose a harsher punishment on those who challenge them and defend themselves, than those who openly admit they
were "wrong" and promise to never repeat it.
Just a few thoughts...