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Thread #132499   Message #3993671
Posted By: Joe Offer
24-May-19 - 01:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Hi, Meself - I will agree that assailant is a better term, but I think that "suspect" works reasonably well.
I'm a member of the "whatever works as long as it doesn't sound stupid" school. "Suspect" is common usage, and it doesn't sound particularly stupid. I'm not bound to pedantry, but I have to admit that your choice of the word "assailant" is damn good.