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Accredit can mean a few things. For one, if you are accredited it may indicate that some official body (even if it is official only in its own mind) recognizes that you have met a defined standard. For example, if you pass all of the professional exams administered by the Distillation Of Organic Fruit Upsurges Society you may be accredited as a DOOFUS.

To accredit also means to give authorization to be somewhere or participate in something that isn’t open to the general public. For instance, delegates can be accredited to attend and vote in a political convention. Athletes can be accredited to compete in a match. And members of the press can be accredited to listen to a boring speech in an overheated room that is too small to be made open to all members of the public.

Accredit also means to give credit to someone for something. For example, you might say, “Fredyricka Freekingg would have been accredited with devising a foolproof plan that would have brought a complete and lasting peace to the entire world had she not died in a freak accident involving a rhinoceros, an armadillo and a clown car before she was able to tell anyone about her plan.” How you came to know that is a question that I’ll leave for you to answer.

Do you ever wonder if that has happened? I don’t mean the freak accident involving a rhinoceros, an armadillo and a clown car. That sort of thing probably doesn’t happen, on average, more than once or twice a day. So the chance that anyone who would have otherwise have had a significant effect on the world would die in such an accident is probably slim to none.

But I’ve got to believe that there have been all kinds of people over the course of history who could have solved major world problems—ended a bloody conflict, found a cure for a dread disease, figured out how to stop male-enhancement spam, or whatever—who died in freak accidents, horrible wars, or senseless murders before they had a chance to flesh out and execute their solution.

(Hmm. I probably could have worded a sentence that included, among other noble wishes, a hope for peace a little better than that. Finding another way to say “flesh out and execute” might, for example, have been an improvement.)

Think about that the next time you drive recklessly or call for your country to go to war. You might die an excruciatingly horrible death from a disease that could have been cured by someone had they not died because of your actions

Whoa! Sorry about that. I really got off the topic of accredit, didn’t I? Oh, well. I didn’t have anything more to say about the word accredit anyway. Peace. Out.

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