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
: "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
: a perpetrator especially of a crime
and for "arson":
Main Entry: ar·son
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...