From:Joel Abbott
Loganville, Ga.
Posted:22 Dec 99
I am a high school English teacher from Loganville, Georgia. I have a definition that I have never been able to figure out a word for. By way of definition, I must tell a short story:

You're in the kitchen at your parents' house and something gets knocked over causing a loud crash. Both parents come running in to see what all the noise was about, and then they blame you for doing something wrong, but actually gravity caused the accident.

The definition is: being blamed, simply because one is the individual nearest the noise, for a noisy accident that was caused by gravity.

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