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Re: They keep on coming my questions: Arson 101 manual

Posted by MichaelFR on March 23, 2004

In Reply to: They keep on coming my questions: Arson 101 manual posted by Miri Barak on March 23, 2004

: Context:
: "And why didn't this perp consult his *Arson 101 manual* before he tried to incinerate this building?"

: I understand it's a manual but who's? the fire department or the criminal?
: I mean is it a joke? I know it is.

: My deepest thanks!!

If you help yourself with the Merriam-Webster online (m-w.com), here's what you get for "perp":

Main Entry: perp
Pronunciation: 'p&rp
Function: noun
: a perpetrator especially of a crime

and for "arson":

Main Entry: ar·son
Pronunciation: 'är-s&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Anglo-French arsoun, alteration of Old French arsin act of burning, from ars, past participle of ardre to burn, from Latin ardEre -- more at ARDOR
: the willful or malicious burning of property (as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent

This should help a little bit.
"Arson 101 manual" may need further explanation though...