False Friends by ShapiroA

Champion(s):

FaulknerM
Time will pass and die, unlike me


Runner(s)-Up:

WangA
hi


Quiz Description

This quiz is about words in other languages that don't mean what an English speaker might assume.

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1 FaulknerM 491 98 15
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2 WangA 416 95 15
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3 FryedBetaKappa 391 92 15
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4 UllspergerA 386 89 15
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5 LuskT 383 86 15
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6 KonkelT 341 81 15
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6 IrwinK 341 81 15
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8 BanksL 338 77 15
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9 JeziorskiM 326 74 15
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10 Tarn 298 71 15
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11 StahlhutJ 265 68 15
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12 DoyleE 259 65 15
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13 RonningD 246 62 00
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14 AmmermanA 244 59 15
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15 CarterBurke 232 56 15
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17 PotatoD 177 50 15
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18 MoyseyC 171 46 15
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19 SteveWilliams 156 42 15
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19 quarterrican 156 42 15
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21 FrostL 147 36 15
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21 HatfieldS 147 36 15
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23 MillerCR 143 31 15
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24 randalleng 122 28 15
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25 BaskinJ 116 25 00
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26 AllyScully 113 22 15
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29 AdamsP 68 10 15
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29 FeitelD 68 10 15
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32 AdamKing 49 4 15
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Questions:

More than one novice Spanish speaker has tried to express embarrassment by saying "Yo estoy embarazada." They generally don't get the reaction they were expecting. What does embarazada mean?

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PREGNANT

"La próxima vez," the listener in question #1 might reply, "utilizar un preservativo." Translate the last word.

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CONDOM

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Arirang, and White God are among the winners of what prize at the Cannes Film Festival, whose name means "a particular way of looking at the world" but may look to an English speaker like it lacks conviction?

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UN CERTAIN REGARD

The German phrase aktuelle Nachrichten, found for example on the websites of the periodicals Bild and Der Spiegel, seems to imply that the events reported by these sites really happened. However, aktuell doesn't mean "actual"; what does it mean?

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CURRENT

This sweet treat, often seen at weddings, is called confetti in Italian. Give its common two-word English name, which suggests a probably-false connection with a river and/or country.

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JORDAN ALMONDS

The Russian word лунатик is cognate to English "lunatic". However, it refers not to a crazy person, but to someone who engages in what particular behavior most common in children?

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SLEEPWALKING

If your Portuguese-speaking colleague calls in complaining of constipação, it isn't TMI; he or she is merely suffering from what?

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A COLD

In German and Swedish, you might hear a word that sounds suspiciously like "smoking". In fact, you've heard correctly (and it's spelled the same way too) -- but it's a noun, referring to what type of object?

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JACKET/TUXEDO

Italian riporto doesn't mean "report"; far from it. Should you look it up in a pictorial dictionary, you might find a drawing of Charles, Prince of Wales, Al Davis, or Donald Trump. That's because riporto means what?

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COMBOVER

This German noun, which an Englishman might take to be a sin, merely expresses a wish. Its also has an adjectival form in both languages; the English adjective can mean "vigorous", while the German adjective means "funny" (and is a common surname). Give the noun.

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LUST

Bibit pauper et aegrotus,
bibit exul et ignotus,
bibit puer, bibit canus,
bibit praesul et decanus,
bibit soror, bibit frater,
bibit anus, bibit mater,
bibit ista, bibit ille,
bibunt centum, bibunt mille.

This is a stanza from a drinking song, part of the text of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. "Bibit X" means "X drinks" (so: the poor man drinks, the sick man drinks, the exile and the unknown drink...). Identify, in English, the 11th drinker out of the 16 mentioned here.

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OLD WOMAN

Despite hearing it probably 500 times during a trip to Prague, I remained positively flustered by the fact that ano in Czech means what?

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YES