I am usually reasonably satisfied
with my knowledge of French, but sometimes I just can't find the
exact word to translate a concept, and then I wonder if it is my
ignorance, or whether the the equivalent actually exists in French
One such example where I am racking my
brains is the word 'bully' both noun and verb.
I am thinking both of the school bully,
and the workplace bully
I know « chantage « which
I think is nearer to blackmail
I know « Racket » which I
think is mainly financial and isn't used for what can be purely moral
I know « bizutage » which I
think is more like silly initiation rituals
I can't find a word to express the
cowardly domination of a weaker person (physically or because of
position in a hierarchy ), and crucially the element of giving way
when an even stronger person comes along.
Help please you bilingual francophones
(Clair 5e etc)
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell