Dead Plagiarists Society

But wait, you might ask, don’t people accidentally repeat each other’s sentences all the time? It seems to me that this should not be unusual. Yet try plugging that last sentence word by word into Google Book Search, and watch what happens.

It: Rejected–too many hits to count

It seems: 11,160,000 matches

It seems to: 3,050,000

It seems to me: 1,580,000

It seems to me that: 844,000

It seems to me that this: 29,700

It seems to me that this should: 237

It seems to me that this should not: 20

It seems to me that this should not be: 9

It seems to me that this should not be unusual: 0

It seems to me that this should not be unusual is itself … unusual. –Paul CollinsDead Plagiarists Society (Slate)