Tuesday, January 8, 2013

5 Difference between cognates and false friends

cartoon difference cognate false friend
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  1. The pun relies on the fact that two words are perfect cognates if both have the same etymological origin and carry the same meaning (e.g.: "perfect" and "perfecto"), whereas one word is a false friend from another if they share the same origin but have different meanings, like "constipated" and "constipado".

    Now the problem is that when someone explains a joke you don't get, you can hardly find it funny :)

    BTW, great blog Alejandro!!

  2. False friends, as you correctly point out Alejandro, are translators' friends. I love Mox's happy face while sitting under the tree; he really does get more lovable every day!

  3. Mox is funny as always. I just went through some of the posts. All are pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nice to see that Lena is picking up the linguistic jargon!


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