Thursday, November 27, 2008

Those Headline Writers Again

APN's new owners will have to do something about the standard of The Herald's headlines.

Man acquitted of rape conviction

Adolf has always understood one was 'acquitted' of a charge. One cannot be acquitted of a conviction. This fellow had his conviction overturned at a retrial. In other words he was charged a second time and acquitted rather than found guilty.

acquit
· v. (acquitted, acquitting)
1 formally declare not guilty of a criminal charge.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's be kind. Maybe English is a second language for the sub-editors.

However, I used to continually yell at TV reporters and presenters to correct their grammar. Mostly you can figure out they mean, but the way they phrase their sentences is appalling.

I don't watch TV news anymore.

Linda

F E Smith said...

Actually, you are a little bit wrong as well: his convictions were quashed on appeal and a retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal. This left the original indictment extant and he was then tried again and subsequently acquitted.

But you are right that nobody can be 'acquitted' of a conviction. That is completely wrong.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

F E Smith, thank you for your advice. I don't mind being a little bit wrong because that leaves me a wonderful opportunity to be mostly right.