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And you are to love those who are your aliens for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. [Deuteronomy 10:19]
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Noun

Singular
false friend

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  1. (linguistics, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A word in a foreign language bearing a deceptive resemblance to a word in one's own language.

Usage notes

  • Examples:
    • The French nous demandons means "we ask", but sounds like "we demand", which can turn negotiation into confrontation.
    • The Spanish word embarazada means "pregnant", not "embarrassed" — "Estoy embarazada" means "I am pregnant", not "I am embarrassed".
    • The German word will (want) is not a future tense marker — "Ich will gehen" means "I want to go", not "I will go".
      • Same for Dutch, "Ik wil gaan" means "I want to go".
    • The Italian word triviale (vulgar) is written almost like trivial, but the two words share only a common Latin root (trivium in Latin means crossroad) and no longer any meaning; "Questo e' triviale" means "This is in bad taste", not "This is obvious".

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