miércoles, 11 de marzo de 2009

The Nature of Crime

Most people (students included) say that English language has a large, active vocabulary and that there are a lot of different words referring to the same (or almost the same) concept or idea. One of the reasons for this large vocabulary might be due to the fact that England was invaded several times by other countries and during these invasions a considerable number of words was transferred from the other languages to the English language.

Another subjective reason could be related to the whimsical feature of some languages, English among them. Did I say "whimsical"? Of course. Did you know that English has four different words to refer to the person who steals? Depending on the Nature of the Crime, we will use BURGLAR, SHOPLIFTER, PICKPOCKET or ROBBER. However, if we do not know which word should be used in the appropriate context, THIEF is the most common word that students and people in general employ to refer to the person who steals. Today's issue 'defines crime in terms of who commits it'.

* BURGLAR: a person who breaks into a house or building with the intention to steal from inside. The verb is TO BURGLE and the action is known as BURGLARY.

SHOPLIFTER: someone who steals goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer. The verb is TO SHOPLIFT and the action is known as SHOPLIFTING.

* PICKPOCKET: a person who steals money, wallets, etc, from the pockets of people usually in public places. There is no verb for this word as it is a compound of two items: pick (verb) + pocket.

ROBBER: a person who steals something from somebody or from a place by using force or violence. Examples: to rob a bank, a train, a jewellery shop, etc. The verb is TO ROB and the action is known as ROBBERY.

1 comentario:

  1. Enhorabuena, muy interesante el blog y esta parte en cuestión.
    Por cierto que es whimsical? que no me lo traduce el traductor.
    ....ya veo que tus "admiradoras" tienen una nueva vía para piropearte anónimamente..je je