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Hannin not Hanzai[edit]

Hannin is Japanese for criminal, Hanzai is Japanese for crime. --68.45.218.70 00:54, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Romanian - ATTENTION: "false friends"[edit]

In Romanian, the entire lexical family of words derived from the lating "crimen" has taken, in the modern language, the primary sense of having to do with the illegitimate killing of a human being - i.e. a murder. Thus:


The Romanian adjective "criminal" means "murderous" in English.

The Romanian noun "criminal" means "murderer" in English.

The Romanian noun "crimă" means "murder" in English.


The English adjective "criminal" means "infracțional" in Romanian.

The English noun "criminal" means "infractor" in Romanian.

The English noun "crime" means "infracțiune" in Romanian. —This comment was unsigned.

An interesting semantic shift. Thanks for the info and for adding the Romanian entry. — Ungoliant (Falai) 22:29, 23 September 2013 (UTC)