Incorrect spelling, explanation: blame is often misspelled by both learners and native users of English as
blaim. The mistake is probably the consequence of the fact that many English words with a similar pronunciation are spelled with the ai combination of letters as it is, for example, in the case of claim. The only correct spelling, however, is blame.
Correct spelling, explanation: the origin of the word blame is the Latin word blasphemare, which meant to speak without respect about God or other sacred things. Then, the word, in the form of blasmer, entered Old French, in which it had the meaning to criticize. In contemporary English blame is both a verb and a noun.
Definition of blame:
1. verb – to put the responsibility on someone or something for some bad things that happened,
Don’t blame me for the fact that you don’t have any money – it was you who decided to quit the job.
2. noun – the state in which you accuse someone or something of something bad,
I’m not going to accept the blame for something which I didn’t do.
Phrases with blame:
Some popular phrases with blame include:
1. blame game – when people try to blame one another for something bad,
The students have been playing a blame game over the graffiti on the school building.
2. have (got) only yourself to blame – to be responsible for something bad,
He has only himself to blame for being dismissed from his position.
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