Accountability is the ability to associate a specific person or entity] with a task or project. So, if you want to congratulate someone on the final product, you know who to congratulate. But actually it's for assigning blame when everything goes to Hell. Avoid if possible. If it's not possible to avoid, try to shift it to someone else. If you give someone accountability for a project they had nothing to do with, you can have an accountable person without any consequences at all. As long as they don't find you out.

Anonymous accountability is a beautiful thing.

FOLKS ain't got no right to censuah othah folks about dey habits;
Him dat giv' de squir'ls de bushtails made de bobtails fu' de rabbits.
Him dat built de gread big mountains hollered out de little valleys,
Him dat made de streets an' driveways wasn't shamed to make de alleys.

We is all constructed diff'ent, d'ain't no two of us de same;
We cain't he'p ouah likes an' dislikes, ef we 'se bad we ain't to blame.
If we 'se good, we needn't show off, case you bet it ain't ouah doin'
We gits into su'ttain channels dat we jes' cain't he'p pu'suin'.

But we all fits into places dat no othah ones could fill,
And we does the things we has to, big er little, good er ill.
John cain't tek de place o' Henry, Su an' Sally ain't alike;
Bass ain't nuthin' like a suckah, chub ain't nuthin' like a pike.

When you come to think about it, how it 's all planned out it 's splendid.
Nuthin's done er evah happens, 'dout hit's somefin' dat's intended;
Don't keer what you does, you has to, an' hit sholy beats de dickens, --
Viney, go put on de kittle, I got one o' mastah's chickens.

-from Lyrics of Lowly Life, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1896)

Ac*count`a*bil"i*ty (&?;), n.

The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness. "The awful idea of accountability." R. Hall.


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