WORDS QUICKPOST: Plunderbund

Plunderbund [Dutch]: Group or alliance of financial or political interests that exploits the public. Noun.

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or a communist to appreciate this descriptive word, for there isn’t any doubt that criminals and capitalists, politicos and commissars, bankers and monopolists, guilds and cabals, have always conspired to stop stealing from one another long enough to fleece the greater population. Whether the scam is a pyramid scheme or high-priced shoddy products, the idea is the same: “Let’s get together and take the suckers for as much as the market will bear.” The next time you need a word to describe this kind of conspiracy, use plunderbund (PLOON-dur-boond).

– They Have a Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslateable Words and PhrasesHoward Rheingold. (p. 132-33)

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One response to “WORDS QUICKPOST: Plunderbund

  1. Kara Lalalala February 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I really like these posts!

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