The title of this post is thanks to John Johnston and the power of Google. And it does mean a summer dormancy. Having never come across it before I plan to use it at every opportunity which with advancing years may well be quite frequently. I have to say that I am still wondering what search term John used as my attempts were not very successful.
This does demonstrate the power of the blogging network and the internet. I have an ancient 24 volume Encyclopedia Britannica and I really have no idea if I could find that word in there. Nevertheless I harbour a slight suspicion that there is a majority of the teaching profession who would regard the use of the encyclopedia as legitimate and the idea of using the internet as cheating. For the first time today I heard an author state that she had included a list of all the websites she visited at the end of her book! The author, Marina Lewycka was talking on Radio 4 about her book The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian which won a prize for wit.
And yet again I ask, why do projects for assessment not include the requirement to provide search terms and websites as used in the work? It kills off plagiarism at a stroke.