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Arabic Words and Phrases
Corruption 
27th-Aug-2007 10:50 pm
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فساد - corruption (fasād)
فضيحة (ج) فضائح - scandal
(faDīHa (pl.) faDā'iH)
اهمال - negligence
(ihmāl)
نصب - swindling
(naSb)
سرقة - theft
(sariqa)
اختلاس - embezzlement
(ixtilās)
احتيال - fraud
(iHtiyāl)
ارتشاء or رشوة - bribery
(irtišā' or rašwa)
ابتزاز - blackmail
(ibtizāz)
محاباة or تفضيل - favoritism
(muHābāh or tafDīl)
محسوبية - nepotism
(maHsūbiyya)
واسطة - connections*
(wāsTa)

* The wasta is a widespread form of corruption in the Middle East -- basically using connections to do something (get a job, get through bureaucracy quicker, etc.) that would be difficult or impossible without such connections. Colloquially, some people in Jordan and the Gulf call it "vitamin wow." In Tunisia it's كتاف (ktāf, literally "shoulders"). In Egypt people say كوسا (koosa, zucchini). There are also other words used, but they're less common -- قرع ('arʿ, squash), بطيخ (baTTīx, watermelon), كفتة (kofta), or طبيخ (Tabīx, cuisine).
Comments 
28th-Aug-2007 12:32 am (UTC)
and of course بكشيش

question: how are you compiling these lists? are they from a book, or are you doing them yourself? i ask because they are good words to add to aktub.
28th-Aug-2007 10:00 am (UTC)
I've been doing them myself. I have a bunch of lists of vocabulary I've compiled from my various reading over the past year or so, so I've just been pulling vocabulary from those lists. Feel free to add them to the program if you want!
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