[Ads-l] Have others noticed...

Wed Dec 9 20:50:23 UTC 2020

I don’t think I’ve seen “charged for” (a crime).  If it is in use, it has not penetrated legal usage.

John Baker

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I think both are acceptable. At Wiktionary we label definitions (more
rarely constructions) "obsolete", when most speakers no longer recognize
the definition, "archaic" when a definition is widely understood, but
rarely used in contemporary speech and writing, and "dated" when the
definition is understood, but the users are generally of the older portion
of the population. "Charged with" does seem to me to even be "dated" yet,
but I might have missed that. My inner grammar nazi doesn't like "charged

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 3:15 AM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com<mailto:hwgray at gmail.com>> wrote:

> the replacement of "charged _with_ (a crime)" by "charged _for_ (a crime)"?
> Or has language-change rendered yet another aspect of my internal grammar
> obsolete?
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