What is the French word for bullying?
Can anyone tell me the French word for bullying please? or the most commonly used term for it? I have been told that it is 'le bizutage' but I can't find this term on Word Reference or even on google translate. It seems more likely to be 'l'agression' or 'le harcèlment'. Thanks :)
Yes, and "intimidation" is also used more than in English. "brimades" is another word for an uncountable amount of bullying which is always feminine plural. http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-french/bullying
"le bizutage" is used especially for "hazing". http://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/bizutage
Word Reference and Google Translate are not the best dictionaries to use. http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/bizutage/9587
bizutage is a process of breaking in someone new to a group. Like making the new person or persons do all the dirty work or do an act to prove their loyalty and seriousness of being a part of that group. Bizut means novice or rookie. This is an act that is voluntary on both parts meaning they have a choice to back out but the price is they get dropped from the group. Bullying is an act that someone forces on another for their own self egoistic selves. I can see how this could look similar but they are definitely not the same. So it's like I said it depends on the way you are using it. French works very strong on subject and objective subject. So unlike English using your words loosely can set a whole different reaction. Hope I didn't make this confusing Hope it helps Bonne Chance :)
The common word in the medias these days is 'harceler" "harcèlement " about what happens in schools , pupils being mean to someone, making fun of him, insulting him , sometimes with violence.
For once the french medias managed to find one french word to talk about this without using a english word . Prevent bullying at school came in France from the US maybe 1 or 2 years ago, we practically didn't talk about this before ..! ...so the need of a specific word .