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Thread #132499 Message #3993460
Posted By: meself
22-May-19 - 03:08 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Exactly, Jos. (Did you read what I wrote, Joe?). The 'unknown' (or at least, unconvicted) perpetrator is the - wait for it - 'perpetrator' (or 'offender' or 'criminal'). The 'suspect' is the person suspected of having been the perp. As I say, if you are saying that the suspect committed the crime, you are saying that the suspect committed the crime - so it defeats the purpose of calling them the 'suspect', which would be presumably to allow for the presumption of innocence.