Who said that and why? I didn’t know, so I looked it up. You can too. I am betting no one knows the answer on their own, but if you say you did, j’accuse not.

Interesting to me is that, per Fowler’s Modern English Usage, we are correct when we use it generically, as in the accused cashier, or the accused baseball player, but not so when we make the accused specifically guilty of something, as in the accused murderer or the accused bank robber.

I think our world has learned not to be case specific on its accusations. Newspapers know, and I think most of know too, that we are not accused of a said crime anymore, but rather alleged to have done it.

4 thoughts on “J’accuse

  1. Carole Webber December 7, 2013 / 9:57 am

    I fall into the category of being the “alleged” everything you may want to name.
    I find the word overused..
    I did not look up the author of J’accuse. I assume it to be French.

  2. neonwalrus December 7, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Indeed, the news media may know it but it is due to the diligence of the Just Say ‘N’o’ to tort reform’ers who taught them their lessons.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions December 7, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    I’ve never seen this word, or I don’t remember seeing it, but Zola had the right idea. Unfortunately 1 letter for each member of the house of representatives and senate would add up to a lot of letters.

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