The etymological origin of scandal It is found in a word of the Greek language: skandalon, which referred to a stone with which an individual stumbles. This term came to late Latin as scandălum and then arrived at our language .
In Spanish, the stone of skandalon it became symbolic since the concept may refer to a event that causes shock and irritation . The scandalous, in this sense, is condemnable from the point of view moral and generates a negative impact.
For example: “The president of the Asian country was forced to resign by a scandal of corruption ”, "The match ended in scandal, with players taking fists.", “The actress caused a scandal when attending the premiere of the film with a transparent dress and no underwear”.
A scandal, first of all, attracts attention and results in a reaction from the people. This reaction is usually bad : people get angry at the person responsible for the scandal because they believe he did something that deserves a conviction. The scandal may be the consequence of a crime (if a ruler is discovered receiving a bribery , to cite a case), although it can also be linked to a shocking or morbid event (such as when a player has lover to the girlfriend of a teammate).
The scope of a scandal is different depending on the field in which it is presented, such as personnel or work, the severity of the fact even beyond its context (it is not the same to accept money illegally than to finance a child prostitution business) and the importance at the social level of the people involved, among other factors.
Usually, famous people are the ones who have the most to lose in situations of this kind, since they put their reputation and their belongings, which in many cases amount to millionaire amounts. Of course, within this group we can distinguish artists, athletes and politicians, among other subgroups, and not everyone receives consequences of equal severity.
In an ideal society, no famous person would commit indecent acts or separate from the law , but they would lead exemplary lives so that their exhibition served as a reference for their younger followers. In this world, however, the reality is practically the opposite: although crime and corruption exist in all social strata, every year journalists collect dozens of negative examples that feature actors, singers and rulers.
Artists and athletes tend to have more ease in overcoming scandals, since the public can forgive their faults thinking that these are people who must be observed in their field and not in their personal life. The hope that they will be reformed and become more responsible individuals is always there, and this helps most of these stories have a happy ending.
Political leaders, on the other hand, have much more difficulty in overcoming scandals. Saving cases in which the protagonist enjoys a lot power and influence, the people tend to lose faith in corrupt rulers in an instant, since the future of the country is in their hands, something too delicate to cast away.
The idea of scandal, on the other hand, may refer to noise , he wildness or the rampage : “I don't like the scandal in this bar”, “The restaurant was a scandal because there was a big table full of kids shouting and playing”, “End the scandal! Lower your voice and behave correctly ”.