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LPT's 'Frequently Asked Questions' about the Turkish language...

  • Please tell me the meaning, as well as the general 'feeling', conveyed by the Turkish word "dost"...

    Turks use 'dost' in two situations. In one situation it's as a synonym for 'arkadas' -- to simply (and sincerely) mean 'friend'.

    So you get,
    John begeniyorum. O benim iyi dostum.
    I like John. He's my good friend.

    But , in the second situation, they also use it sarcastically in an argument or a confrontation -- as Americans might use 'buddy' in such situations.

    In which case you get,
    Burada ne isin var, dostum. Toz ol!
    What are you doing here, buddy. Beat it!
    (Note: Turks would not use 'arkadasIm' in place of  'dostum' in this latter usage situation.)

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