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Extorter v extortionist

Don't say that: 

extorter

Do say this: 

extortionist

Why?: 

We have no idea where the BBC came up with the abomination that is "extorter" but we found it in a news item recently.

The correct word is "extortionist." Use it, don't use that other, nasty, thing.

Use: "the extortionist demanded 1000 bitcoin so that he would not distribute material he claimed to have obtained about me on-line."

(thanks to www.globalkyc.com for that idea for an example)