Much confusion has arisen from the requirement that publications in Optical Engineering be "original." Coupled with my insistence that no paper is so original that it can stand without reference to prior work is the question: "How much originality is sufficient?" Surprisingly, few people ask. Virtually everyone "knows." Unfortunately, ther is no unanimity. Stating my standards of sufficient originality as clearly as I can should help explain my publication decisions to irate, or at least annoyed, readers and referees.