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Old 6th December 2019, 10:19 AM
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"Piston" is a word that has no equivalent in English. Which doesn't mean that it doesn't exist of course, but it is not acknowledged.

In France the practise is so widespread that even if you succeed on your own talent and merit, there will be those who will say that you must have been "pistonné".

It encourages mediocracy of course because the truly talented or deserving shouldn't need a helping hand.

Of course it happens everywhere, and perhaps we should admire the French for being so open about it. There are any number of other forces and organisations at work worldwide (freemasons for just one example) to help each other out but in France it's a national sport....

The French are not however too keen to discuss it with foreigners, it's their own domain and they will generally clam up when questioned about it or feign embarrassed horror.
I can only really speak for Australia and what I have witnessed there, and I must say it most certainly does go on there, but as you suggest it is done under cover and denied when contested. And I do think it goes on pretty much everywhere, but of course when it's covered up and strenuously denied you can't really get a grasp on it. But then again, why is networking so important?

Power and influence.

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In French hospitals (an area I know) there are dynasties of professors and doctors (you are often asked when you make an appointment to see Pr X: do you want the father or the son/daughter?).

The sons and daughters, who are not necessarily incompetent, benefit from their parents' notoriety during their studies in much the same way as showbiz folk starting out.

Bit more risky tho'.....

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"Piston" is a word that has no equivalent in English...
Piston - "a disc or short cylinder fitting closely within a tube in which it moves up and down against a liquid or gas, used in an internal combustion engine to derive motion, or in a pump to impart motion."

Would an equivalent in English be "pushed through"?
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I have no idea what this thread is about

Absolutely none whatsoever

What on earth are you lot going on about ?

It is like an old peoples home.
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Piston - "a disc or short cylinder fitting closely within a tube in which it moves up and down against a liquid or gas, used in an internal combustion engine to derive motion, or in a pump to impart motion."

Would an equivalent in English be "pushed through"?
I think we find plenty euphemisms for it that conveninetly bypass the word "favouritism" or "nepotism"!
Pull strings for somebody, put in a word for somebody, give someone a leg up the ladder.
As EH said, trying to make friends and influence people is what networking is all about and we're all encouraged to do that. I can't even count how many requests I have on LinkedIn to "connect" with people.

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I have no idea what this thread is about
They're talking about getting jobs Smeggykins. Grown-up stuff, nothing for you to worry about

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