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#1 2017-09-20 23:58:38

pwoodford
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J'allege!

“Allege” for “accuse.” Two examples: “The justice system doesn’t allow police to execute anyone alleged of any crime. is that what would #maga?”; “Don’t worry @BillCosby, when this #Ferguson chatter dies down, another chick is bound to come out and allege you of some cruel shit.”

Not an eggcorn, but interesting. I found several examples on Twitter, but most posters were from India or Nigeria. I figured it was one of those non-American English things that seem wrong to us but are okay Over There. The two examples I quoted, though, came from posters I took to be American. Maybe they were trying to sound like lawyers?

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#2 2017-09-22 13:25:57

kem
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Re: J'allege!

You may be witnessing the birth of a new word. Perhaps there was a need for it because “accused of a crime,” originally a neutral verb, now seems to imply guilt (Would we say “I was accused of a crime that I didn’t commit” if “accused” was fully neutral?). If you think the accusation is false, “alleged of a crime” conveys your doubt. Good catch, Paul.


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