scrapegoat vs scapegoat : Common Errors in English

About scrapegoat vs scapegoat

Leviticus 16: 5-10 describes an ancient ritual in which a goat was symbolically laden with the sins of the people and driven out into the desert to the demon Azazel. In early English translations confusion led to this goat being called a “scapegoat” (for “escaped goat”). A person or cause being sacrificed as a victim to spare others is therefore referred to as a scapegoat. You load the burdens on; you don’t scrape them off.

scapegoat Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who is punished for the errors of others

scapegoat in News

  1. Teen who rescued victims after Philly buidling collapse talks about his experience

    In Philadelphia, the lawyer for the subcontractor charged in the deadly building collapse says his client is a scapegoat who merely followed orders.  The lawyer denies his client was high on Marijuana and Percocet while operating machinery, despite claims from prosecutors. During demolition last week, a wall collapsed, burying 19 people at an adjacent thrift store and killing six people. CBS 21 ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg

  2. Lawyer: Subcontractor Is Scapegoat in Pa. Collapse

    Lawyer: Subcontractor is scapegoat, was just following orders before deadly Pa. wall collapse        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. Attorney: Crane Operator In Deadly Collapse A ‘Scapegoat’

    The lawyer for a crane operator charged after the deadly building collapse in Center City last week was on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Monday and said his client is being made to be a scapegoat.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: CBS Philadelphia

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