Pam says I have to do this meme again:
Grab the closest book to you. Resist the urge to get hold of one of the cooler, intellectual ones! You've gotta be honest. Turn to page 123. Go down five sentences, and then post the next three sentences in your blog. Simple.
Well, the only books in my office are reference books. The nearest two are dictionaries, which obviously don't have sentences, so the closest book with sentences turns out to be The Careful Writer by Theodore M. Bernstein. Published in 1965, this is still an indispensable usage guide. This section on credit is approximately five sentences down on page 123; I'm being a bit lax with counting the sentences:
Although dictionaries give ascribe as one meaning of the verb credit, in good usage the connotation is a favorable one. Credit should not be used for the ascribing of unfavorable things, as in this sentence: "The society seeks to clear the name of Richard, whom history credits with the slaying of two young princes and other killings and crimes."
That's a good one to remember. I can't stand when news announcers say that a particular militant group "takes credit for" a bombing or a shooting.