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

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue Sep 29 11:52:25 UTC 2015


"Assaultist" was my word, not someone's.  As Mark supposes, I decided that a person who was accused of "sexual assault" (not "sexual assail") should be called an "accused sexual assaultist".

Joel

      From: Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
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"Assaultist"? I'd expect "assailant". I suppose someone thought it
necessary to indicate the precise legal term for the offense he's accused
of.

Mark
On Sep 18, 2015 12:27 PM, "Joel Berson" <berson at att.net> wrote:

> Chicago Blackhaws star Patrick Kane, an accused sexual assaultist, has
> apologized -- not to his (alleged) victim, because "he has too much respect
> for the legal process", but to his family, teammates, "this incredible
> organization and, of course, our fans."
>
> He adds, "I am confident once all the facts are brought to light I will be
> absolved of having done nothing wrong."
>
> Joel
>
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