July 16, 2014 - Word of the Day: blame
To say that a person or a thing is responsible for a negative situation is to place blame. There's an effort to identify the source or the reason why something bad happened. You can use this word as a verb or as a noun:
- Tom blamed the driver of the other car for the accident he was in.
- Who was to blame for the accident?
- Tom said the other driver was to blame.
- Teresa blames her husband's gambling habit for their current financial situation.
- The children were blamed for starting the fire, but they weren't the only ones responsible.
- "Don't blame me for your test results," said the teacher. "You didn't study."
- Who's to blame for putting the ice cream cone on top of the computer?
Who's to blame for this?
You can also use "blame" as a noun:
- Who gets the blame for the accident?
- The blame goes to the person who failed to yield.
- There's enough blame to go around for this situation. *
- The teacher got the blame for the students' poor test results.
*There's enough blame to go around: many people are responsible for the mistake or problem.
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