[Ads-l] Reversed "replace" yet once again

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 31 00:37:57 UTC 2016

But particularly blatant and clearly (to us prescriptivists) erroneous.

Said in a local Boston radio news report about a (former) Suffolk University law student who had been found guilty of stealing a laptop from his school but managed to obtain the jury's verdict slip from the court files and alter it:  He "replaced the forged document".  

Thereafter he used the forged verdict slip to prove that he had been found innocent of the charge ... including to show Suffolk Law School to counter any questions about his admissibility that would have been raised due to the records of his arrest and trial.

Surely he would not have wanted to "replace" (remove) his forged document to substitute for it the true document.


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