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    fair account

    Does "account" have any meaning of "an article as in newspapers or magazines"? I think it's only a description of events, but I wonder if it can be interpreted as an article to describe an event.

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    ex) If there is to be toleration in the world, one of the things taught in schools must be the habit of weighing evidence, and the practice of not giving full consent to propositions which there is no reason to believe true. For example, the art of reading newspapers should be taught. The schoolmaster should select some incident which happened a good many years ago, and roused political passions in its day. He should then read to the schoolchildren what was said by the newspapers on one side, what was said by those on the other, and some fair account of what really happened. He should make them understand that everything in newspapers is more or less untrue. The critical skepticism which would result from this teaching would make the children free from overly naive appeals to idealism in later life.
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    Re: fair account

    Here it just means a balanced telling of the story, not taking sides.

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    Re: fair account

    You're right - "fair account" is an unbiased description of events.

    I've never heard of 'account' being equivalent to an article or a story in AmE.


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    Re: fair account

    Quote Originally Posted by FreeToyInside View Post
    I've never heard of 'account' being equivalent to an article or a story in AmE.
    Nor in BrE, unless the context makes this meaning clear.

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