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Arson 101 manual

Posted by ESC on March 23, 2004

In Reply to: They keep on coming my questions: Arson 101 manual posted by MichaelFR 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 (, 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...

"101" is the designation for many beginner or Level 1 classes.