false friends - P

What is this?
There's a certain amount of words which came into both serbian and english from other languages, mostly latin, but have different meanings in each language.
Even native english words may mean something else in serbian, for several reasons:
1) they were misunderstood when coming into serbian
2) they were understood well first time, but changed their meaning in english in the meantime
3) they were understood well first time, but changed their meaning in serbian afterwards
Of course, there is also all the greek and latin which is wrongly used in english - just look up what "pathetic" originally meant, and check how it's used today.
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in English
in Serbian it means
is similar to
which means
paprika
aleva paprika
paprika
peppers, but only bell peppers and other large ones, the hot ones are papričica (a diminutive, „tiny paprika“)
paradise
raj
paradajz
tomato
paragraph
pasus
paragraf
an article or a specific subarticle in a law or other regulation
parcel
paket, komad prtljaga
parcela
a building lot; a cemetery lot
pardon
pomilovati (sudski)
pardon
excuse me
parkette
parkić
parket
hardwood floor
parole
uslovno puštanje
parola
slogan
partial
pristrasan
parcijalan
covering only a part of it, not applicable to the whole
partisan
stranački
partizan
freedom fighter from WWII
pasta
testenine
pasta
paste (toothpaste, shoeshine)
pathetic
bedan
patetičan
pathetic (in the original classic meaning)
pendant
privezak, visuljak
pandan (fr. pendant)
counterpiece, something opposing the primary piece to create the balance between them
pepperoni
italijanolika salama, bajagi nalik čajnoj
feferoni
chili peppers
perspective
ugao gledanja, uvid
perspektiva
chances for future development
petroleum
nafta
petrolej
kerosene
photograph
fotografija
fotograf
photographer
physical
lekarski pregled (za sportiste, posao)
fizičko
PE class
pie crust
kora za američku pitu, njom se obloži okrugli plek, punjenje poslaže u nju, ravni komad dođe odozgo. Debljine otprilike testa za lenju pitu, čvrsto koliko medenjak.
kora za pitu
filo dough
placard
plakat
plakar
closet
placate
smiriti, odobrovoljiti
plakat, plakatirati
a poster, to post
playback
pustiti snimak, pregled snimka
plejbek
lip synching
plenum
zatvoren prostor sa povišenim pritiskom, obično u klimatizacionim uređajima.
plenum
a common session of all the committees at a party congress
pocketbook
novčanik
džepna knjiga
paperback
pocket (verb)
strpati u džep
džepariti
to pickpocket
poem
pesma, bilo kakav poetski uradak
poema
a larger poem, such as an epic
poker
žarač
poker
the card game (and no other meanings)
positive
siguran (u ono što tvrdi)
pozitivan
larger than zero; in the black (accounting); good guy (in a narative)
pretend
pretvarati se, praviti se, folirati
pretendovati
aspire
probe
sonda
proba
attempt; trial; rehearsal
product placement
ubacivanje proizvoda u film radi potajne reklame
plasman proizvoda
sales of a product
propositions
predlozi
propozicije
rules of a contest
prospect
izgled(i za budućnost)
prospekt
advertising brochure
protection
zaštita
protekcija
under-the-counter privilege from an official
provision
uslov
provizija
middleman's fee, commission
public
javni; javnost
publika
audience