An interesting French word I learnt yesterday is escroquerie [ɛskʁɔkʁi], which means a swindle or fraud. It comes from escroquer (to swindle). A related word is escroc (villain, baddy). It probably comes from the Italian word scroccare (to eat or live at others’ expense) [source].

Other English equivalents of escroquer include scrounge, sponge, cadge and blag. Are there others? What about in other languages?

2 thoughts on “Escroquerie

  1. In Australia (and New Zealand) we have the word “rort”, which as a noun means a scam or fraud, and as a verb means to cheat or defraud.

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