Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blame it on (someone or something)

If you are blaming (something) on (someone), you are saying that it is their fault, that person is the perpetrator, they are to blame, are guilty or responsible.

1.      Iran's currency, the rial, has lost more than 80 per cent of its value since the end of 2011 and is now at an all-time low, having devaluated sharply against the US Dollar. The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blamed it on political and economic sanctions from “The Enemy”, otherwise known as the United States, which is absolutely correct to say. The real problem is that Iran will not back down from its nuclear program, and so the sanctions continue. 

2.      It is very common to hear people blaming their debt on the state of the economy rather than their uncontrolled spending habits. In times of economical difficulty, people need to cut back on (reduce) spending and do without some things or find cheaper alternatives.  

3.      Have you ever heard someone blaming everything on the devil? Either way, we are responsible for our actions, even when provoked. Michael Jackson sang,
The devil's gotten to me through this dance”. Other people sometimes blame it onbad karma”.

4.      Why do people “point the finger” and blame it on everyone and everything under the sun except themselves? We sometimes need to “take the log out of our own eye” first so that we can see clearly.

5.      Here are 2 classic songs worth knowing:
Blame it on the rain, by Milli Vanilli (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwrL9MV6jSk):
Blame it on the rain/ Blame it on the stars/ Whatever you do, don't put the blame on you/
Blame it on the rain yeah, yeah/ You can blame it on the rain.
Blame it on the Boogie, by The Jackson 5: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjW1iq4IO2k)
Don't blame it on the sunshine/ Don't blame it on the moonlight/
Don't blame it on the good times/ Blame it on the boogie.

6.      Some people are jumping on the bandwagon and blaming everything on Obama. There’s even a small Facebook community called, “I Blame Obama For Everything”.

7.    “You can't blame gravity for falling in love” – Albert Einstein.


  1. Could I say interchangeably Don't blame your mistakes on me or Don't blame me for your mistakes?

  2. Exactly Sergio! The grammar is slightly different... But both forms are good :-)

  3. Hi, Frank. you used to have a pdf format? Not anymore? Thanks you!

    1. Sorry! No more PDF document to download. I use the comic strips under the "fair use act", since they are all copyrighted... so I thought it wasn't such a good idea to continue providing PDFs containing artwork that is not originally mine, if that makes any sense. I wanted to steer clear of any potential trouble. You are, however, welcome to copy directly from my blog or even clip the article using Evernote's web clipper. Maybe Evernote would be a good fit for you... take a look at it!

  4. Hi! Frank, I enjoy reading this blog via comics, that's really interesting!! Could you explain this fish comics a bit because my friends and I could not get the funny point. We guess the male fish is passing the wind??

    1. Yes, "Anonymous", haha! ... exactly as you thought. Here are some synonyms for passing wind: to fart, to cut the cheese, pass gas, flatulate, break wind.