Yesterday we were getting into the car, when Dad told our almost-4-year-old daughter to put something into the trunk, “le coffre”. When she replied, however, she used the word suitcase, “la valise” instead.
This is what I think happened:
French le coffre – the trunk – is a false friend to German der Koffer – the suitcase, la valise in French. But could that really happen so quickly?

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