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Be careful when you use alibi, originally a Latin word meaning "somewhere else." If you have an alibi, you can prove you were elsewhere when the crime occurred. H.W. Fowler, the dean of language scholars, said of alibi: "That it should have come to be used as a pretentious synonym for excuse is a striking example of the harm that can be done by SLIPSHOD EXTENSION."

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