False friends

Worse than enemies

 

 

Although English belongs to the Germanic family of Indo-European languages, and French to the Romance family, basically Latin dating from the Roman conquest of Europe and the Middle East, the English language was dramatically influenced by the French language.

 

Was the condom invented by a doctor, Mr Condom, personal GP of womanizer Charles II King of England (1660-1685), or did the name originate in the small village of Condom in France ? No. Condom, it seems, comes from the Latine « condere », meaning to protect or to hide. It became widely used over Europe in order to avoid deadly Syphillis which spread at a speed of 50 km per week in 1495 in Naples