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Fake /feɪk/

adjective No specific type
When someone is fake, it means they do things that hurt you or go against you. It is usually used to describe a friend who just did something you didn’t approve, like saying hello to someone you hate or forgetting to do something you asked them to do. Someone who is fake is said to be a fake friend.
 
We can see some semantic changes going on to the original word fake. We first see semantic narrowing as fake is usually used to describe anything that is not genuine or counterfeit but it narrowed down to specifically mean a not genuine friend. The second semantic change is pejoration as fake is now used as more of an insult towards someone, instead of just meaning not the real version of something.
Etymology : The word fake is of unknown origin but it is attested to be criminal slang to describe counterfeit in London 1775. A likely source may be feague (spruce up by artificial means) from German fegen (polish, sweep). (Retrieved from etymonline.com). Through some semantic changes described above, fake came to be used as it is used today.
Source : Friends (in college) Friend 1: “Will you go to the basketball game with me tonight?” Friend 2: “No, I have lab.” Friend 1: “ You are so fake.” (In-person, August 2018). Popularized by popular 2000’s teenage movies where two friends fight and call themselves fake because of the fight. (Retrieved from Knowyourmeme.com 2015).
Last modified: 9 December 2019


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