An uncertain etymological origin seems to have the word scourge. And it is considered that it could possibly emanate from the prefect "lakkha", from which he later derived the Latin term "lacca" and subsequently the Portuguese word "sealing".
A scourge is a vice , whether physical or moral, which marks the person That has it. In some Latin American countries, the term is used to name the depraved or evil person .
For example: "Alcohol is a social scourge that threatens public health", “He is a good boy, but he must carry a scourge from his childhood”, "Do not approach that man, it is a scourge that will harm you".
The meaning of scourge varies by country and jargon in question. In Argentina , a scourge can be a stingy person (greedy) or someone who is considered a social parasite , which does not contribute to the common good but takes advantage of others: “Don't be lacra and buy a gift for your girlfriend”, “The workers do not have to keep those blunders that live without effort”.
Lacra can also be a social scourge that affects the normal and healthy development of a community : "Child exploitation is a scourge we have to fight among all".
At present it is considered that in the world there are many social scourges that are affecting the quality of life and well-being of citizens. Thus, for example, among those that stand out both gender violence and pedophilia through political corruption, which has been increasing progressively in recent years.
In the same way, it is established that the individuals who carry out any of the aforementioned blunders have in common a series of personality characteristics. Among them they would emphasize that they always criticize and lower others, that they have the ability to continually talk about themselves, that they do not respect the rest, that they are not tolerant of others ...
All these crashes are considered to be part of a 21st century in which other modalities of those are also established. Specifically, it is established that there are also unfortunately some that have already been dragging from previous stages, such as racism and even homophobia.
Of course, it should not be overlooked that unemployment would also be on that same list, which due to economic crisis and corruption, has become an evil that is affecting millions of people around the world, even taking them poverty line.
Indiscrete (in Colombia ), belonging to the lowest social class (in Costa Rica ), bad person (in Ecuador ) and malviviente (in Mexico and Nicaragua ) are other meanings that can be attributed to the notion of scourge: “Carlos is a scourge who told our secrets at the party”, “My parents would be horrified if I told them that I was dating a scourge”, "That scourge that attacked the girl must be in prison", "A scourge stole my grandfather's retirement".