How to say ‘bribe’ in 20 languagesBy Tonyo Cruz Nov 11, 2010 3:05PM UTC
BANGKOK — The 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in this capital city of Thailand and Transparency International’s social media unit is attempting to spur interest outside of the event venue, making use of various social media tools. One of them is Twitter and we have been able to do something interesting about it since yesterday.
Corruption happens in all countries and, thanks to both IACC participants and those that are on Twitter, we have rounded up a list of words that mean bribe in 20 languages and dialects worldwide:
1. Italian: angente, mazette
2. Latvian: kukulis
3. Norwegian: bestikkelser
4. Bahasa Indonesia: suap, sogok
5. Hindi: rishwat, kannada
6. Malayalam: Kaikooli
7. Tamil: Lanjam
8. Marathi: Laats
9. Maranao: adat
10. Tausug: mag-ayus, ganda riba, riba
11. Brazilian: jeitinho
12. German: schmiergeld
13. Thai: sinbon
14. Sinhalese: Kappama
15. Nepali: Ghus
16. Urdu/Punjabi: rishwat, hirapiri
17. Spanish: soborno, mordida
18. Chinese: hui
19. Japanese: wairo
20. French: pot-de-vin
Aside from Maranao and Maguindanao, we Filipinos have many terms for “bribe”.
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