scapegoat » scrapegoat
Spotted in the wild:
- Far as I care they are all guilty but CBS and Lockhart are looking to put the blame on Burkett who is a great scrapegoat for just the reason you posted. (link)
- I doubt that pointing the finger at our intelligence service will do much good except give people an undeserving scrapegoat and waste a lot of time. (link)
- This point tries to make homosexuality a scrapegoat by inclusion with the failings of heterosexuals. (link)
- Do you think Tice might end up being a scrape goat? (link)
- Within two weeks PRI Congressman Manuel Munoz Rocha was linked to the assassination - strongly believed to be the scrape goat of a powerful group. (link)
- In the past year, I see a couple of scrape-goat actions resulting in teachers that have taught math for a long time no longer teaching math next year. (link)
A contributor to Pseudodictionary defines “scrapegoat” as “the person designated to bear not only blame, but also punishment.”
In the song “Ballad in Plain D” (1964), Bob Dylan is heard to sing: “The constant scrapegoat, she was easily undone / By the jealousy of others around her.”
Ken Lakritz notes the similar eggcorn scapegrace » scrapegrace in the contributions section.
See also scapegoat » escape goat.