Suri (スリ – Pickpocket)

  • Suri


    Today is the last day of my stay in Italy, and I will visit Venice.

    In sightseeing areas where there are many people such as Venice, you have to be careful about ‘suri‘ (スリ).

    ‘Suri’ means an act of stealing money or goods from someone’s bag or pocket without being seen, or a person who does that.

    There are several theories about its etymology, but one theory explains that it comes from the fact that ‘karada wo kosuri tsukeru‘ (体を擦り付ける – literally means “to rub one’s body (against other’s body)” while stealing.

    Incidentally, according to the Internet, suris (pickpockets) in Venice pretend to tourists, so you need to pay close attention.

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