"NOT cheap imitations, but genuine replicas!" [NT]

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 13 18:01:15 UTC 2010

I did some searching too on "genuine replica", "genuine imitation",
"cheap replica", and "cheap imitation", and confirmed the tendency
reflected in Wilson's subject line and Victor's results.  Maybe
"replica" sounds more upscale than "imitation".  (Cf. "It's not a
used car, it's a certified pre-owned BMW".)


At 1:30 PM -0400 5/13/10, victor steinbok wrote:
>460 GB hits for "genuine replica(s)". No, I am not kidding.
>Among the first 30 hits the date range is 1886-2005, including this
>1886 travel guide:
>>  VI. Room: Genoese masters, such as: Strozzi, Portrait of a
>>prelate; also, Titian, Mary Magdalene, a genuine replica of an
>>oft-recurring subject, the landscape only free from retouching;
>>Guercino, The tribute money.
>And this one from 1890 Good Housekeeping:
>>  " Now, this work of art, madam," remarked the dealer " is a
>>replica of the famous picture in the Corcoran gallery at
>>Washington." " Well," replied Mrs. Taudree, eying the picture
>>critically, " if you'll guarantee that it's a genuine replica, I'll
>>take it."
>Compare that to the 2001 Martin Gardner book:
>>  They are genuine replicas, not pseudo-replicas as in the scenarios
>>by Reichenbach and Putnam.
>Also Teach Yourself Lotus Notes 7 (2005):
>>  Each database has a unique replica ID that identifies it as a
>>genuine replica and not just a copy of the ...
>[Presumably the missing text refers to data, but the page is not
>available in GB.]
>As I said, all of these appear on the first page of GB search (set to
>30 hits per page).
>On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  NT
>>  --
>>  -Wilson
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