“Hey, he hit me…”
“Yeah? Well prove it.”
It comes down to confidence. To allege is to claim something and have no proof to back it up. To assert something, remember one of assert‘s derivatives: assertive. Yep. An assertive person is quite confident of what s/he asserts.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: allege, assert|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, reporting 1 or transitive 2||Verb, reporting or transitive|
|State without offering proof
Claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof that this is the case
To declare with positiveness
To claim a fact
To declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath
To plead in support of
[Archaic] To cite or quote in confirmation
State a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
To maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.)
To state as having existence
To assert a first cause as necessary
He alleged that he had been assaulted.
He is alleged to have assaulted five men.
The first artifact ever alleged to be from Earhart’s aircraft.
“Army officials also allege that he worked for ethnic rebels as a ‘communications captain’.” – Joshua Carroll , “Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives “, The Daily Beast, 11 November 2014
“Tihen did allege that Davis had punched White in the nose at the start of the struggle.” – Michael Daly, “From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman“, The Daily Beast, 20 August 2014
Hank Parton alleged malpractice by Dr. Snootful.
Ted will allege that our next-door neighbor’s son set the dog on fire.
Meanwhile our neighbor alleges that it wasn’t his kid.
“They also allege their children are not in fact siblings, despite having been told they were.” – Tina Traster, “Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking“, The Daily Beast, 30 December 2014
School districts are alleging the state has not continued to finance schools adequately.
She is alleged to have assaulted the other women in her bridge club.
The company asserts that the cuts will not affect development.
“I don’t know why she came,” he asserted.
It was time to assert himself.
He asserted his innocence of the crime.
The young man asserted his right for a search warrant before the police could search his car.
The Catholic Church asserts that God is everywhere.
Creationists assert that “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
Noun: allegation, alleger
Verb, transitive: misallege, misalleged, misalleging, preallege, prealleged, prealleging, reallege, realleged, realleging
Adjective: assertible, assertive
Noun: asserter, assertion, assertiveness, assertor
Verb, transitive: misassert, overassert, preassert
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English in the sense of declare on oath is from the Old French esligier, based on the Latin lis, lit- meaning lawsuit. This Latin meaning is sometimes confused in the sense of the Latin allegare meaning allege.
2 1275-1325 (Middle English) alleg(g)en, which is probably from the Old French aleguer, which is from the Medieval Latin allēgāre meaning to adduce in support of a plea, combined with the Anglo-French and Old French aleg(i)er meaning to justify, free, literally, to lighten, which is from the Late Latin alleviāre.
|Early 17th century from the Latin asserere meaning claim, affirm, which is from ad- (to) + serere (to join).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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