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It goes without saying that the words we say are in fact our own. That said, we quote others all the time, and not only to tell stories and jokes. From some points of view, the entire system of language serves to repeat what has been said before, if not to maintain cultural integrity, then to keep order in the house. Quoting has never been easier than with email. Entire conversations can be forwarded. Whole essays and articles can be copied, pasted, and propagated. And so the question of who's talking does actually become relevant.

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