Here’s a little quiz for you. Guess the fifteen English words defined below (= number of letters):
- a female horse (4)
- when goods are sold at a lower price than usual (4)
- a thin, bony flake on a fish (5)
- spies might use one to communicate (4)
- a military or police gesture that shows respect (6)
- a conditional release from custody (6)
- payment for traveling on public transport (4)
- a punishment requiring payment of money (4)
- a biological sex (4)
- a large musical instrument with keys (5)
- expected, needing to be paid (3)
- assign a value to something (4)
- rock containing gold or other metals (3)
- the bottom of your foot or shoe (4)
- a large house surrounded by land (6)
Get all those? Brave, ladies!
Yes, I know you’re not all ladies, no need to write in.
I should therefore have said ‘Bravi!’, right?
Meaning ‘Well done you guys/you mixed group of males and females.’
Or even ‘Brav*!’ as explained in Monday’s article.
But despite some of you being male, I wrote brave.
Figured it out yet?
Yup, I’ve been collecting English/Italian ‘false friends’ (which is a good excuse to spend my days reading newspapers…)
Male and brave are English words, but also exist in Italian, though with different meanings.
Brave in English is a synonym of ‘courageous’ while in Italian it’s the female/plural form of the adjective ‘brava’, meaning ‘good at something, nicely done’.
So back to the little quiz – what are the Italian meanings for your fifteen answers? Without using a search engine or dictionary, please! That would be cheating.
The first club member to leave a comment on this article, with the fifteen false friends and brief explanations of the different Italian meanings, wins a copy of this week’s new ebook (see below).
Which isn’t really a false friend by my reckoning, as the spelling is different. And because, at a stretch, you could think of the meanings as being connected.
Have fun, then.
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