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You should know better than to be fooled by the verisimilitude of the cunning politician's contriteness.

Is this sentence correct?
 

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Can you express the idea with half as many syllables?
 

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Can you express the idea with half as many syllables?
No, I can't. :oops:

Does the following sentence work for you?

Even a 15-year-old wouldn't be fooled by the cunning politician's fake contrition!
 

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That's much better. It would be more natural to say Not even a fifteen-year-old would be fooled.
 

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That phrase reminds me of the English words "culprit" and "culpable". Does culpa originally mean "guilt"?

The usual translation of the Latin culpa is fault, but guilt is close enough.
 

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The latter is not impossible. I don't think you'll find the former.
 

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"mea culpa" has been borrowed into English as a noun phrase. It means an apology, admitting one's fault.

So one can certainly issue a mea culpa: i.e. publish an apology.
 

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Does mea culpa collocate with the verb "deliver"? (deliver mea culpa)
 
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