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

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri May 14 16:01:06 UTC 2010

There's a story by Borges (can't recall the title) in which a writer undertakes to recreate _Don Quixote_ word-for-word; not copy it, but rewrite it.


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>Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 16:29:03 -0400
>From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> (on behalf of Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>)>-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>If I wanted a Rolex knock-off, I'd want an "exact replica."  But an "exact"
>replica would be indistinguishable from the real thing, work as well, and
>probably cost at least as much.   A truly "exact" replica would also sport
>the Rolex trademark and thus be a lawsuit-inviting counterfeit.  So they
>need to use a word other than "exact."
>Hey, "genuine" sounds good!  Because it is a true knock-off. I mean

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