Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Watch your mouth

"False friends" are two words, from two different languages, that sound the same but mean different things. For those of you going abroad (particularly Turkey, Iran or Swaziland), it's important that you pay particular attention to these types of words. Here are some examples:

Lawman (Surinam): Lunatic
Sky (Norway): Cloud
Alone (Italy) Halo
Bless (Iceland): Good-bye
Fart (Turkey): Exaggerating
Bog (Russia): God
Turd (Iran): Fragile
Chew (Ethiopia): Salt
Babe (Swaziland): Priest
Made (Netherland): Maggot
Pasta (Portugal): Briefcase

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