Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 5 of 5 1 2 3 4 5
#2318 - 07/20/00 06:54 AM Re: false friends  
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 37
screen Offline
newbie
screen  Offline
newbie

Joined: May 2000
Posts: 37
Newcastle, Australia.
I have an English/French one.
My father was a motivational business speaker , who was addressing a French audience. As a rousing "go-get-em" type finale he wanted to say "[the people in this company] are the salt of the earth", but couldn't remember the word for "salt" so thought of the principle behind the phrase and decided the word "preservative" would do, so he said "preservatif", and was puzzled by the stunned response it received. It was later explained to him that he has just called the entire group of delagates "the condoms of the world".


#2319 - 07/20/00 06:33 PM Re: false friends  
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 200
william Offline
enthusiast
william  Offline
enthusiast

Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 200
actually i prefer "condom of the world".
i think if we can get over our sex hang ups that will become a standard expression.
surely.


#2320 - 07/21/00 12:58 AM Re: false friends  
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Jackie Offline
Jackie  Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
screen,

that was hilarious (though not to your dad!)! Glad to see you posting more, Dear!


#2321 - 07/26/00 05:40 PM Re: false friends  
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 7
JMike Offline
stranger
JMike  Offline
stranger

Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 7
Combine (East of Dallas) Texas
Wasn't there a problem with President Carter speaking through an interpreter in Poland. He remarked that the US and Poland were alike in their common desire for peace.
Apparently the interpreter translated "common desire" as "mutual horniness"...

Spider Robinson uses the device to form a type of riddle based on what he calls the "invisible idiot" technique. That was the translation of "out of sight, out of mind."
The story is "Involuntary Man's Laughter" in the 3rd Callahan book.


#2322 - 08/01/00 11:09 AM Re: false friends  
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 1
dreisenberger Offline
stranger
dreisenberger  Offline
stranger

Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 1
UK
My favourite ever false friend was one between English and Italian. A train connection in Italian is known as a

coincidenza

Perfectly logical of course- it's the meaning in English that's crept to mean something else.

Does this false friend work in any other latinate languages?




Mondschaf


Mondschaf
Page 5 of 5 1 2 3 4 5

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,879
Posts224,133
Members9,031
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
brork, santo, piostylist, prgill, thefoeller
9031 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (1 invisible), 43 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,040
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.016s Queries: 13 (0.003s) Memory: 2.6871 MB (Peak: 2.7839 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2017-11-23 05:44:42 UTC