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The opposite of "blackmail" Options
TheParser
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 7:27:47 AM
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Dear (Advanced) Learners:

You all know the meaning of "blackmail," so I shan't discuss that word.

Yesterday I was reading a book written by a British gentleman when I read a word that was new to me.

May I share it with you? It is whitemail.

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My print dictionaries at home did not have it.

I went online and discovered that it has many meanings. (For example, if you work in the financial industry, then you already know one definition).

This book, however, used it in another sense.

The author defined "whitemail" as "a favour done rather than a threat made."


Here is an example from his book:


1. A powerful newspaper editor received news about an embarrassing personal incident in a famous politician's life.

2. The politician asked the editor NOT to publish the story.

3. The editor agreed to his request.

4. Later, when the politician felt that it was OK to let the voters know about the personal embarrassment, he decided to give the story to the editor who had done him a favor by not publishing the story before he and his family were ready.


It seems that "whitemail" is something like this: You do a favor for someone. That person then feels indebted to you. Later that person may do something to benefit you.



My source: Nick Davies, Hack Attack (2014).


P.S. I notice that Wikipedia claims that "whitemail" even includes giving a $20 bribe to a headwaiter in order to be seated before people who had arrived earlier than you!




Have a nice day!


FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 9:36:01 AM

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Another interesting vocabulary!
Cheers, Parser!

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TheParser
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 11:01:35 AM
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Thanks so much, Frosty.

I, too, am adding that word to my vocabulary.



Have a nice day!
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