[Ads-l] "be absolved of" = "be confirmed or proved of"

Theresa Fisher fisher.theresa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 25 18:03:38 UTC 2015


Hi -

I'm a journalist (I've reached out before. I write about sleep, mostly).
I'm wondering about the origin of the phrase "sleep with" being used as a
euphemism for sex. If anyone has insight, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> As the news media begin to present Kane in a more favorable light, they
> are=
>  paraphrasing his utterance so that he no longer appears to be convicting
> h=
> imself.=C2=A0 For example, in the NY Times -- "Kane has not been charged
> in=
>  the case, and he told reporters last week that he had 'done nothing
> wrong'=
>  and that he expected to be exonerated."
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> However, at almost the same moment I was reading this, a TV news program
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> ayed a video of his statement, and he clearly said "absolved of having
> done=
>  nothing wrong."
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> Joel
>       From: Joel Berson <berson at att.net>
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>  Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 12:27 PM
>  Subject: "be absolved of" =3D "be confirmed or proved of"
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> Chicago Blackhaws star Patrick Kane, an accused sexual assaultist, has
> apol=
> ogized -- not to his (alleged) victim, because "he has too much respect
> for=
>  the legal process", but to his family, teammates, "this incredible
> organiz=
> ation and, of course, our fans."
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> He adds, "I am confident once all the facts are brought to light I will be
> =
> absolved of having done nothing wrong."
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> Joel
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Theresa Fisher
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