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Re: True false friends

Postby Dormouse559 » 2019-04-29, 23:24

(en) precipitation - (meteorology) forms of water that fall from the atmosphere; rain, snow, hail, etc.
(fr) précipitation - haste, rush

These are false friends created by a difference in emphasis. Both words have both meanings I've given, but the "haste" meaning is rare in English, while French tends to put précipitation in the plural when the weather meaning is intended.
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Re: True false friends

Postby Olinguito » 2019-05-04, 2:33

German (de) ein – one
Welsh (cy) ein – our

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If you know German but not (or very little) Welsh, it's easy to mistranslate the above as "One Wales, One Future".
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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-05-06, 16:53

(hu) ajak lip
(tr) ayak foot
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Re: True false friends

Postby Homine.Sardu » 2019-05-09, 8:48

(en) turd - contemptible person, piece of excrement
(it) tordo - thrush (in Italian "tordo" it's also used as synonymous of "simpleton, idiot")
(sc) turdu - thrush
(la) turdus - thrush

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Re: True false friends

Postby Saim » 2019-05-15, 13:00

(fr) célibataire - single

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Re: True false friends

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-05-19, 0:07

What is that a true false friend with?

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Re: True false friends

Postby Dormouse559 » 2019-05-19, 0:24

vijayjohn wrote:What is that a true false friend with?

I don't know what Saim had in mind, but when I first learned célibataire, I remembered it because of the loose resemblance to "celebratory".
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Re: True false friends

Postby Ciarán12 » 2019-05-19, 7:45

Dormouse559 wrote:
vijayjohn wrote:What is that a true false friend with?

I don't know what Saim had in mind, but when I first learned célibataire, I remembered it because of the loose resemblance to "celebratory".


I was thinking more "celibate-er" i.e. one who is celibate. The immediate connotation of "celibate" to me is someone who abstains from sexual activity (which would be a false friend aince that's not what "single" implies), though apparently it can also mean "unmarried", which is much closer to "single".

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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-05-23, 20:03

(gd) coisinn earn, gain, win
(ga-C) coisin/(ga) cosain defend, earn, cost
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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-05-24, 21:31

(gd) bruidhinn speak
(ga) bruíon quarrel
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Re: True false friends

Postby Linguaphile » 2019-05-25, 2:00

[posted here by mistake, moved this post to the Cognates thread here]
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Re: True false friends

Postby laoshu » 2019-05-25, 3:02

(id) buta : blind
(ja) buta 豚 : pig
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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-05-25, 14:11

laoshu wrote:(id) buta : blind
(ja) buta 豚 : pig

See also this thread: https://forum.unilang.org/viewtopic.php?f=133&t=21079.
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Re: True false friends

Postby Linguaphile » 2019-05-26, 16:58

[posted here by mistake, moved this post to the Cognates thread here]
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Re: True false friends

Postby Linguaphile » 2019-05-30, 4:56

[posted here by mistake, moved this post to the Cognates thread here]
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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-06-07, 14:40

(fr) baiser kiss
(de) Baiser meringue
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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-06-07, 22:01

(fr) chocolatine pain au chocolat
(es) chocolatina chocolate bar
(ca) xocolatina chocolate bonbon
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Re: True false friends

Postby linguoboy » 2019-06-13, 17:03

(ca) tita chicky [childish word for "hen"], wee-wee [childish word for "penis"]
(es) tita auntie, nana
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Re: True false friends

Postby Homine.Sardu » 2019-06-15, 14:20

(ca) tita chicky [childish word for "hen"], wee-wee [childish word for "penis"]
(es) tita auntie, nana
(sc) titta tit

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Re: True false friends

Postby Olinguito » 2019-06-16, 5:44

Olinguito wrote:German (de) ein – one
Welsh (cy) ein – our

Also:

Portuguese (pt) onze – eleven
Dutch (nl) onze – our
Bassaricyon neblina


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