Thursday, July 2, 2015

Vocabulary: crime and punishment

Today we are going to have a look at the vocabulary related to justice: crimes, criminals and how they are punished.

First of all, this Prezi presentation will show us the most important terms and then we'll look into the ones that need further explanation.

As you can see, many names of criminals derive from the crime words, or the other way around. There are also verbs associated with them:
burglary burglar burgle
robbery robber rob
murder murderer murder
mugging mugger mug
kidnapping kidnapper kidnap
smuggling smuggler smuggle
bribery briber bribe
shoplifting shoplifter shoplift
pickpocketing pickpocket pickpocket
forgery forger forge

For the difference between rob and steal, have a look at this blog post.

Murderer and killer both mean "someone who deliberately kills a person". A serial killer (but not *serial murderer) is someone who has killed a number of people over a period of time, usually in the same fashion. An assassin, on the other hand, is someone who kills an important or famous person for money or political reasons.

In the next 80s song by Bananarama we can hear a few expressions related to the topic we are dealing with today.

Finally, let's do some exercises:
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