February 19, 2013

New soap opera: "As the words morph"

On the news last night, the boyfriend of a murdered woman stated, "I am not the suspect."

I hear this all the time. "Suspect" now means "the guy who did it". The original meaning of the word is lost. This is why people don't gasp and clutch their pearls when told that a police officer "shot and killed the suspect".

They think it means the police got "the guy who did it". Words matter.

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

Much like suspected cop killer Dorner. But the cops took care of that, they destroyed the suspect, destroyed the evidence and then went on to declare the 'case closed'.

writenow said...

It seems to me they burned the man alive, on purpose. He killed cops, and therefore he deserved immolation. That's how they think. Disgusting.