- Blend of friend and enemy. Likely to have been invented independently multiple times. (Wiktionary)
“The term frenemy appeared in print as early as 1953, but gained huge popularity in the past few years.”
“Though the term frenemy is not gender-specific, there is something troubling about the fact that it is overwhelmingly applied to women.”
“The term frenemy, seamlessly blending the words fri (end) and enemy, refers to someone who pretends to be a friend but actually is an enemy --- a proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing in the world of friendships.”
“I kinda feel like some of these could have happened purposefully in an effort to humorously combine the two words that sound alike, you know, kinda like "frenemy" -- "congraduation.”
“The actress refuses to name names, simply calling the ex-pal a "frenemy" - leading gossips to speculate on who the old friend might be.”
“The frenemy is the dark side of the user, with manipulation an underlying factor in these negative relationships.”
“Anyway, she says a frenemy is a friend who is partly an enemy, or a friend that you kind of dislike.”
“She could also be your "frenemy" -- you know, the one you think slept with your boyfriend -- or that sleazeball co-worker who undermined you to the boss.”
“While most research on friendship and health has focused on the positive relationship between the two, a frenemy is a potential source of irritation and stress.”
“Maybe I fear that writing one story will have me back to the world where perspective is lost, where every other writer is a "frenemy" see what I did there and I'm conflicted when they get into journals I know will never take me.”
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