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Turkish Loan Words, but meanings changed?

I am a native Arabic speaker and can pick up a couple of Turkish loan words. Most of them directly translate but the other day I came across an interesting one:

"Misafir" = In Arabic it means a traveler, but in Turkish it now means a guest.

For those that are learning/natively speak Turkish and know Arabic/Persian/French, do you know of any loan words that have changed there meanings when entering into Turkish?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/KaanArmaan

Yes arabic loans have different meanings.So you need to be careful whay you're saying.Elbise means only a woman dress for example.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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I have heard that "müsaade" - which means "permission" in Turkish - originally means "help" in Arabic. Am I right?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Malik851520

Yeah, in arabic müsaade means help. I didn't know it meant permission in Turkish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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Yes it is. Sometimes you may see it misspelled as "müsade". Many times you here it pronounced with a long vowel in the middle like "müsâde". We also have "izin" which has the same meaning and also from arabic.

Thank you for the confirmation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shahrazad26

Garson was borrowed from French but in Turkish has the limited meaning of waiter / waitress.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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I think it is an old-fashioned way to call a waiter in French.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Master834217
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What about "mektup" meaning in turkish is letter?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eluvian_

Yes, it means "letter".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Master834217
Master834217
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thank you and please can you explain the meaning of the turkish word masallah in arabic.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Master834217
Master834217
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the last one :-) is maash means loan in turkish. Thank you for yor paciance.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eluvian_

"maaş"s origin is Arabic, yes. And it means "salary". You are welcome.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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Another funny one is "hurma" I think. What does this mean in Arabic?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Malik851520

As Bouchra191 said, in arabic it means sanctity. But it is more commonly used to refer to a woman. What does it mean in Turkish?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eluvian_

It means "date palm fruit" in Turkish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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That is just what I have heard from people. They say: "if you want to buy some dates don't ask the vendors "hurma?" :), they probably will not be very unhappy what they have heard" ... :):):)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Malik851520

From what I have heard "hurma" in Egyptian is a swear word. But for us in Shaam, it just means women.

Also, Harem is just the plural of woman = women. I know it has a meaning in English. What does it mean in Turkish?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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"Harem" in English should have been taken as a loan word from Turkish, since it has exactly same two meanings which we have in Turkish.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/harem

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bouchra191
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That means sanctity in arabic

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YakinAlan
YakinAlan
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I think that word is actually "hürmet" in Turkish which means respect especially to elderly people.

1 year ago