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frakkinaround Sun 08-Nov-09 21:48:12

AIBU to be annoyed that someone blatantly plagiarised a (deep and meaningful/jokey) comment I made, and have made quite often in the past to other friends who all laugh at me for it, and used it on Facebook?

Last night we were at a bonfire and some fireworks and I turned to her and said something like 'isn't it ironic that tonight we're essentially glorifying a terrorist act - because that's what Guy Fawkes was trying to be - and tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday when we'll be remembering a lot of people who've been killed by terrorists. Just goes to show one man's terrorist is another freedom fighter' (or something similar, that was the gist). So then, this morning, I open up my facebook and it's starting me right in the face and lots of her inane friends, who are all about 12, are going 'LOL that's so funny', LOL ur so clever' and 'ha ha' and she's taking all the credit for my comment.

Yes, I know it's not copywrited, and I know IABU, and I don't expect her to reference me but still she must know I can see it there!

retiredgoth2 Sun 08-Nov-09 21:51:48

Thing is, you were wrong.

Bonfire night is glorifying the capture of Guy Fawkes and the avoidance of a 'terrorist act'...

...so the equivalent would be a celebration of, say, Guantanamo Bay...

(I imagine an orange clad homemade 'guy' being ritually waterboarded...)

AnyFuleKno Sun 08-Nov-09 21:52:52

YAB a bit unreasonable I suppose. It's the ultimate accolade to have someone steal your jokes. I'm sure some of your friends will be thinking 'ah, she stole that bit from frakkin' grin Does that make you feel any better?

LetThereBeRock Sun 08-Nov-09 21:52:58

Wasn't Guy Fawkes night traditionally supposed to be about celebrating the fact that he was prevented from carrying out The Gunpowder Plot. Hence why effigies of him are/were often burned on the bonfire?

TheFallenMadonna Sun 08-Nov-09 21:54:44

Yep. You should post what retiredgoth and lettherebe rock said on Facebook and see if she credits you then...

rasputin Sun 08-Nov-09 21:59:19

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shockers Sun 08-Nov-09 22:02:32

Yes... correct her ! She can't say anything because she pinched your comment and you will come out of this the ultimate victor!!
(I need to get out more)

frakkinaround Sun 08-Nov-09 22:03:55

Okay I know it's the avoidance of it but actually you talk to a lot of people and they're all "oh yeah it's about Guy Fawkes blowing up the Houses of Parliament" so we're glorifying an attempted terrorist attack. Fine. But it was still my joke and she STOLE it.

Am very tempted to do as FallenMadonna suggested now....

famishedass Sun 08-Nov-09 22:05:09

You are wrong -

The 5th of November is celebrated as AVOIDING the blowing up of parliament by Guy Fawkes.

I'm quite shocked you didn't know this shock - what do they teach in school these days tut tut.

UnrequitedSkink Sun 08-Nov-09 22:06:22

YANBU, I'd be very irritated.

Wonderstuff Sun 08-Nov-09 22:07:47

wasn't just you thinking this

LeQueen Sun 08-Nov-09 22:08:40

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wannaBe Sun 08-Nov-09 22:10:27

it's not your comment to steal though - that comment is ancient.

Jux Sun 08-Nov-09 22:14:55

Correct her.

If she credits you then, you point out that when you said it, it was deliberate mistake to catch out dumb people.

frakkinaround Sun 08-Nov-09 22:16:16

shock I've said that for years and years and someone's written a blimmin newspaper article on it! At least since November 2001 when it clearly was a rather stupid thing to say and a lot since. Have never heard anyone else saying it before! Grrr clearly lots of other people have stolen this too. Oh well.

Okay I shall stop being annoyed now and save my annoyance at FB plagiarism for sometime when it's actually worth it.

I didn't even take GCSE history BTW - I don't remember Guy Fawkes being mentioned at school.

Firawla Sun 08-Nov-09 22:16:44

yabu it is ancient as wannabe said, and it's hardly a big deal

frakkinaround Sun 08-Nov-09 22:17:46

Have to say I do quite like the second part of the article though. Maybe that'll be my new line at bonfire parties.

AnyFuleKno Sun 08-Nov-09 22:31:01

Oh dear, just looked on my facebook and seen the same comment paraphrased there. Bad luck frak. Time for some new material!

LeQueen Sun 08-Nov-09 22:48:44

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frakkinaround Sun 08-Nov-09 22:51:23

Ah, well, I was independently educated (and partly not in this country!)

But you can get a B in GCSE music without being able to actually read music.

AnyFuleKno Sun 08-Nov-09 22:56:24

Find that unlikely, but some of the best composers in the world can't read music. Not really the same thing.

frakkinaround Sun 08-Nov-09 23:01:36

You can - it's dreadful. My friend training as a music teacher was shocked when she was told that so we went through the papers and as long as you can play by ear, do your compositions in some other 'schematic' form of notation and answer all the non-music reading questions on the paper correctly you can do it. Which means you're screwed when it gets to AS!

Toffeepopple Sun 08-Nov-09 23:07:16

FWIW my infant school DS has just learnt about Guy Fawkes including bringing home a reading book on it.

Has anyone done the parliament tour? You can see the Hansard of 4 Nov 1605 when they note "man found in basement" or some such in the margin - quite cool.

LeQueen Sun 08-Nov-09 23:08:31

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TheFallenMadonna Sun 08-Nov-09 23:10:45

But I got an A for O level history, in the good old days blah blah, but it was British Social and Economic History from 1760, so no Guy Fawkes or WWII. History's big. There's going to be some specialisation.

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