Anonymous (ulvesang) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Arabic-English Interference

Is it just me, or does it seem that only Arabic-speaking people prefer to use the "my friend" vocative expression, as in: "Thanks again, my friend"? Not Hebrew, Urdu, Hindi... yet even Arabic speakers born into and completely "assimilated" into an Anglophone environment seem to use this term often. Is it some sort of direct transfer from an Arabic expression?
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