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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Patrone -- Patron (false friend)

There a quite a few examples of 'false friends', i.e. you think you know the translation or what it roughly means, but you couldn't be more wrong. I saw the word 'patron' in a restaurant today ('Would patrons please leave quietly after 11am'}, and for the German speaker, this is a definite 'false friend'- no cartridges in this restaurant :)

Patron (English)   = Stammkunde (German)
Patrone (German) = Cartridge (English)

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