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Fake

adjective; other word formation type
“Fake” describes a friend who has done something that shows they aren’t a true friend, like going to a party without telling their friend. “Fake” is typically used casually between friends, and only expresses slight annoyance and not real animosity.
 
​Fake was originally used to describe anything that was counterfeit or inauthentic, and then it was narrowed to only mean a person who was counterfeit of inauthentic. Then “fake” (now used to describe a person) underwent amelioration, originally being a harsh word to describe an inauthentic person, and now is a milder adjective to describe someone who is being slightly ingenuine.
Etymology : The exact origins of “fake” (the original definition of the word meaning counterfeit or inauthentic) are unknown but it was slang and colloquial until the mid-20th century. The earliest recorded use was in the 19th century, where it meant “an activity or action, typically one characterized by dishonesty or deception” (retrieved from Oxford English Dictionary).
Source : Me: Yeah I went to that party at Baker last night. Friend: You went without telling me? You’re so fake. (Conversation between me and a friend, 9/28/2019)
Last modified: 13 December 2019


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