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Thread #132499   Message #3993423
Posted By: meself
22-May-19 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
One that always irks me is the way the news media, at least in North America, use the noun 'suspect'. It originally meant, 'a person suspected of having committed a certain crime'; now it would seem to mean, 'a person who has definitely committed a certain crime but who has not yet been convicted in a court of law' - so you get reports such as, 'The suspect broke into the house and killed two people. Police arrested the suspect, John Smith, yesterday." Kinda defeats the purpose of using the term 'suspect', doesn't it?