Talk:mate

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Can someone explain why non-english definitions are listed on this page? We have different-language wiktionaries after all.169.229.84.26 03:29, 10 December 2006 (UTC) (User:Lensovet)

  • Other language wiktionaries are for speakers of those languages; for example the Japanese wiktionary gives its definitions in Japanese. Kappa 03:34, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, I'm everything but happy with giving "Matt" as german translation of mate... Frensh word "pote" is absolutely correct and wide-spread, but - being native German - I never heard this "Matt", which I shurely would have retained my name being Matthias... I reckon "Kumpel" would be a faaar better trenslation! However never having participated in Wiktionary, I'd rather not to mess around changing it myself. And: I dunno if mate might be some ancient/local version of matt/beamless...?! here the german adjective "matt" (small m) would be a correct translation... Comments welcome on my Wikipedia (de)-page (user:Darth_Yoda) Thanks a lot! --89.80.184.14 17:35, 11 September 2007 (UTC) wiktionaries for english dictionaries and other

Passive aggressive variant[edit]

Certainly in British English there is a passive aggressive varitant of the 4th variant of the noun.

ie. "What the 'ell do you think you're doin' mate?"

Usually the distinction will be given away by the tone of the rest of the statement rather than any grammatical distinction.

I believe this may be more of a British English variation than an Australian or Kiwi one, but I might be wrong.

Yes, the US equivalent might be pal or buster. Equinox 00:42, 14 March 2018 (UTC)