Vocabulary part 3


i. Blackmail

  • The extortion of money by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure.
  • Exert pressure on someone through threats to divulge discrediting information.

E.g.: The Senator blackmailed his opponents to take them out of the race.
French: Chantage, faire chanter.


ii. Blind spot

  • The place where the optic nerve attaches to the retina, and so where the retina cannot detect light.
  • An inability to recognize a fact or think clearly about a certain topic, especially because of prejudice.

E.g.: He loves her so much that he has a blind spot when it comes to her fault.
French: point aveugle.


iii. Bonk

  • To hit something with the front of the board, especially in midair.
  • Find other meanings at this link  ?

E.g.: Ouch!!!  I just bonked my forehead on the edge of the table.
French: heurt, choc, frapper, cogner…

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