scrapegoat vs scapegoat :

scrapegoat or 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.

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  • n  someone who is punished for the errors of others
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  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg
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    June 11, 2013 - ABC News
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    June 11, 2013 - Forbes