By HOWARD MUNCE
These two words tend to overlap.
Either of them will get your meaning across, but a trip to the dictionary will reveal how they can be fine-tuned.
Somewhere along the line you may have dealt with carbon paper, copying machines or rubber stamps. All of them produce copies of an original. They duplicate the original.
To replicate is not just to duplicate words or graphic images on paper. To replicate can mean to copy. It can also mean to multiply, like a chain of viruses, or to respond, or to respond to a response, especially by repeating a word or a theme in the first response. It’s a technique lawyers love to use. So if you write to disagree with any of the above, I’ll disagree, and replicate in writing – after duplicating my replication for my file.