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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 20 23:36:53 UTC 2015

Or it's the (relatively) simple encroachment of "of" on other prepositions or connectives again (which we've witnessed before).  I can imagine someone saying

"I will be absolved as having done nothing wrong."


> On Sep 20, 2015, at 5:24 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU> wrote:
> The phrase in question looks like a blend from:
> 1) "...I will be absolved of having done anything wrong" (or: "of all wrong-doing"); plus
> 2) "...I will be vindicated as having done nothing wrong."
> Gerald Cohen                                                                                                                                    ________________________________________
> Joel Berson [berson at ATT.NET] wrote, Friday, September 18, 2015 11:27 AM:
> 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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