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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo di fuoco View Post
    "Квас" in Russian is a sort of drink, don't have the brains now to explain it in English or any other language.
    I think most of us knows what Квас is.
    [ɒkinɛk humorɒ vɒn, mindɛnˤtud, ɒkinɛk niŋʧ, mindɛnrɛ ke.pɛʃ]

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Czech / Slovak pupa = pupa, chrysalis.
    Polish pupa = bottom (body).
    Jazyk

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by jazyk View Post
    Czech / Slovak pupa = pupa, chrysalis.
    Polish pupa = bottom (body).
    Slovenian:

    pupa = doll (archaic), girl (regional), drink (childish)*
    pupek = newt (the animal, not Gingrich)

    (buba = pupa, chrysalis)

    * Source: SSKJ

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by TriglavNationalPark View Post
    BCS: dejstvo = action, act

    Slovenian: dejstvo = fact (dejanje = action, act)
    Slovak: dejstvo = a section of a play or opera (dej = action, dianie = happenings, events)

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    I think most of us knows what Квас is.
    Here in Germany it is something which you can get only in shops specialized in Russian food, so I assumed it was something unknown outside of the ex-USSR.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    pupek (Slovenian) = newt
    pupek (Czech) = bellybutton
    [ɒkinɛk humorɒ vɒn, mindɛnˤtud, ɒkinɛk niŋʧ, mindɛnrɛ ke.pɛʃ]

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    pupek (Slovenian) = newt
    pupek (Czech) = bellybutton
    Slovenian: popek = belly button

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    BCS
    pupak = belly button (dialectal pupek)

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    срам / sram - Russian & South Slavic "shame"

    sram - Polish (taboo) "(I'm) shitting"

    That's why the Russian saying "Срам на всю Европу" sounds shocking for the Poles.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    "Сру на всю Европу" is the equivalent in Russian.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Russian: вражда = enmity, hostility

    Czech/Slovak: vražda = murder

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by lior neith View Post
    Russian, Bulgarian: вражда = enmity, hostility

    Czech/Slovak: vražda = murder
    +Bulgarian

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    врач (Russian) = doctor
    vrač (Croatian-Bosnian) = sorcerer

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    BCS: zgodan = attractive, pretty, convenient, handy

    Slovenian: zgoden = early

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by TriglavNationalPark View Post
    BCS: zgodan = attractive, pretty, convenient, handy

    Slovenian: zgoden = early
    Czech: shodný /Slovak: zhodný = identical

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Czech: shodný /Slovak: zhodný = identical
    Russian:
    "сходный" (skhodnyi) = "similar".
    If you sometimes find my English incorrect or unnatural - you're really welcome to correct it! )

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Andris View Post
    врач (Russian) = doctor
    vrač (Croatian-Bosnian) = sorcerer
    Well, initial medics were in fact "witch-doctors"/sorcerers, hence the Russian term. The word itself is related to other words in Russian, врать (to lie) and ворчать (to grumble). I think the initial menaning of the word was "to speak", as in a witch-doctor saying the spells to heal someone.

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Ворог (=враг) - enemy, ворожея - sorceress (actually here the etymology is quite transparent, s. the verb), ворожить (to do magic, usually by saying incantations). Вор (thief), воровать (to steal)?

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Polish hałda - "a dump (e.g. at coal mines)
    Russian халда - "(colloquial) a rude and slovenly woman"

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    Re: All Slavic languages: False friends

    Quote Originally Posted by marco_2 View Post
    срам / sram - Russian & South Slavic "shame"

    sram - Polish (taboo) "(I'm) shitting"

    That's why the Russian saying "Срам на всю Европу" sounds shocking for the Poles.
    Serbian: sram (shame) and serem (the same taboo word).

    Quote Originally Posted by Andris View Post
    врач (Russian) = doctor
    vrač (Croatian-Bosnian) = sorcerer
    In Serbian, vrač is a witch-doctor, also a sorcerer, magician, but it also has archaic meaning of healer, a primitive conception of doctor (before the existence of medical schools). Sants Cosmas and Damian are called sveti vrači, holy healers, holy 'doctors'.

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