APAD: The Usual Suspects.

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Meaning:

   "The usual suspects" are the people habitually suspected or arrested

   following a crime.  The phrase is usually used in regard to scapegoats

   rather than actual perpetrators of the crime in question.

 

Background:

 

   It was spoken by Captain Louis Renault, the French prefect of police,

   played by Claude Rains in the 1942 U.S. film Casablanca.

 

   But that was not the first. The expression and the extended "round up the

   usual suspects" were in common use then in the police and underworld

   communities of gangland New York.

 

   ...

 

  'The usual suspects' is now as commonly used as other lines from the film

  that were spoken by Bogart and which were much more quickly taken into the

  public consciousness:

 

     "Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake."

     "Here's looking at you, kid."

     "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

 

- www.phrases.org.uk

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The phrase could be very useful as people look for causes when things go wrong

as things always do. If networks at the Pentagon just went to pieces, it's

hackers, AI-armed this year, from Russia, China, or North Korea. If the

Chinese economy tanks, the usual suspects include the perennial overseas

reactionary forces. As we are entering the fire season in California, global

warming once again will be among the usual suspects along with run-of-the-mill

socialpathic pyros.

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haha, we stillHaveCasablancaDVD;) liked Bogart(&Bacall) Alot -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 08:52:40

They say its script's the best. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 11:53:49

Yes, it's precise and lean, and full of wit! :) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 16:21:37

Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. -akc- 给 akc 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 13:01:48

Yes, in the movie. But I like LaurenBacall, Bogart's wife! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 14:13:08

They were a power couple & did some very nice movies. -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 14:26:56

Use it 2 if anythingMissing, the usual suspect == Maowi cat -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 08:56:57

Right. The singular works, too! -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 11:53:05

Poor Maowi, I have 2 give him aFew treats to make it up ;) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 16:23:52

替罪羊 -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 13:34:50

Largely and for good reasons. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/30/2024 postreply 16:14:42

“ I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” -akc- 给 akc 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 10:27:08

The last line spoken in the movie by Bogart as Rick and Capt -akc- 给 akc 发送悄悄话 (69 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 13:00:20

Casablanca's a fine movie. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 14:04:30

“Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake." spoken by -akc- 给 akc 发送悄悄话 (50 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 10:31:02

justices were served in this way; e.g.红颜祸水 -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 14:03:01

Can't blame 'em. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 03/31/2024 postreply 14:08:50

Just watched "Casablanca" on my flight today... -盈盈一笑间- 给 盈盈一笑间 发送悄悄话 盈盈一笑间 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 04/01/2024 postreply 20:35:05

Good to know :) Thanks for sharing. -CBA7- 给 CBA7 发送悄悄话 CBA7 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 04/02/2024 postreply 14:11:43

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