"justify": another reversal

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 13 15:16:43 UTC 2010

Add to the list that includes _ancestor_, _substitute_, and (soon) _*via_.

Said a college-grad Bad Girl this week, "I don't think the punishment
justifies the crime!"  She meant it didn't fit the crime.

I was going to ignore this as a foolish slip. Then I found nearly 1500 raw
Googlits for "punishment justifies the crime."

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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