Defining fault

The focus on ‘fault’ in the last post was inspired, in part, by the first sentence I read in a weblog post recently. It said:

It’s all Burningbird’s fault.

When I first spotted it, my reaction was one of feeling flattered rather than angered. I hadn’t thought I had so much impact on the world around me, that whatever the issue is, it was all my fault.

Of course, further reading showed that the issue really was minor, and whatever ‘fault’ was mine was relatively insignificant, and I was somewhat disappointed. No change in status; in a world of shotguns, I’m still pretty much an air rifle.

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