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    #1

    False friend

    Hello,
    How should I call a guy who plays the friend but isn't really a friend?
    As far as I know a false friend is used in languages.
    I'll try to explain it better:
    An English word that sounds very similar to another word from another language.
    German:
    aktuell
    English:
    actual -> wrong -> False friend
    current -> right

    But as said: I'm looking for the human false friend
    Can I use false friend anyway?

    My dictionairy gave me these other versions:
    faux ami
    pussyole


    Cheers!

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    Re: False friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    How should I call a guy who plays the friend but isn't really a friend?
    As far as I know a false friend is used in languages.
    I'll try to explain it better:
    An English word that sounds very similar to another word from another language.
    German:
    aktuell
    English:
    actual -> wrong -> False friend
    current -> right

    But as said: I'm looking for the human false friend
    Can I use false friend anyway?

    My dictionairy gave me these other versions:
    faux ami
    pussyole


    Cheers!
    Maybe a "fake friend"?

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    Exclamation Re: False friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    How should I call a guy who plays the friend but isn't really a friend?
    As far as I know a false friend is used in languages.
    I'll try to explain it better:
    An English word that sounds very similar to another word from another language.
    German:
    aktuell
    English:
    actual -> wrong -> False friend
    current -> right

    But as said: I'm looking for the human false friend
    Can I use false friend anyway?

    My dictionairy gave me these other versions:
    faux ami
    pussyole


    Cheers!
    ‘False’ and Fake’ are normally used in English. However, we sometimes also use the following depending on the context:
    A treacherous friend,
    An unfaithful friend,
    A traitorous friend

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    Re: False friend

    "False friend" is correct English and would be understood by the listener, but the more common term in AmE is "fake friend." Joan Jett even wrote a song about Fake Friends many years ago.

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    #5

    Re: False friend

    Your "friend" shall hence forth be called a "Judas" - the type of person who will betray you in the end, and is not to be trusted.

    Example:

    Tom: So, you ditched your girlfriend?
    Harry: Yeah, caught her on the bathroom floor with that Judas Richard.
    Tom: That bastard! When?
    Harry: Last Wednesday morning. I forgot my laptop on the way to the office, so headed home to get it,...
    Last edited by magimagicE; 17-Apr-2010 at 23:25.

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