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In the unlikely event that you’ve been following along this little project and reading every entry in the order they were published (i.e., you’ve been coming back every few hours to read each new entry, or you’ve read the entries from bottom to top, either of which you would likely do only if you have absolutely no other life whatsoever) then you probably expect me to say something here about the need to be careful to not insert a space between “a” and “bet” because that would totally change the meaning of the word abet.

I could say something like that, but that would be predictable. I don’t want to be predictable, but you can’t always get what you want. I can’t help myself sometimes. So, it turns out you were right about that.

To abet something (typically an action) means to actively encourage or approve of it, whereas a bet is a wager on something. Now that I’ve said that, I should point out that in many jurisdictions it is illegal to abet criminal activity. It is also illegal to gamble in many places unless the gambling activity generates an enormous amount of revenue for the government, the institution that, conveniently, passes the laws on the legality of gambling. Thus, in countries, states or provinces where both abetting a crime and gambling are illegal you may be committing a crime if you abet a bet.

(Important note: The above should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any doubts about the laws where you are at the time, you should consult a local lawyer before you consider abetting a bet.)

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