French has many words that look for all the world like those of English, yet with very different meanings

– Bill Bonner

That is what makes living in France – or anywhere overseas, I suppose – so interesting. Things look familiar. But they are never quite what you think. Even the words often mislead you. French has many words that look for all the world like those of English, yet with very different meanings.

For example, “Are there a lot of préservatifs in the food in France?” asked our new intern, Vanessa. The word sounds like something you might find in food. But préservatifs is the French word for condoms.”

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