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http://www.redbookmag.coThe quotation “No man is an island” is almost always used within the context of friendship. In fact, it is often interpreted as no man can stand alone by himself and that every individual needs to be surrounded by different people who share the same interests and views that a person has. Every person in this world is in pursuit of friends, however, rarely does one find what is called a “true friend”; that is, one who is able to stay in a close and genuine relationship with another person through thick and thin. Indeed, true friends are one of the greatest joys in life everyone should have. They are the pillar of strength that keeps us going and adds color to our lives.

The word “friend” was taken from the German word “freogan” which means “to love” and “to favor”. Interestingly, the term “friend” has been used as a verb in the English language since the late 14th Century (Friend, 2012a). As a noun, the word “friend” is used to describe a person whom one personally knows, likes and trusts. In some cases, the word “friend” may also pertain to an acquaintance, an associate or a colleague (Friend, 2012b).

Interestingly, there are a number of terms synonymous to the word “friend” which are being used at the present time and one of these is the word “acquaintance”. However, the words “friend” and “acquaintance”, although sometimes being used interchangeably to mean the same thing, also have certain differences in terms of meaning. The word “friend” pertains to the people that one chooses to talk to and share experiences with. Friends are the people one normally interacts and socializes with. They are the people who share the same interests, hobbies and other things with another person. Acquaintances on the other hand, are people whom one only know by association. An acquaintance could be someone who was introduced by a friend, a classmate or someone close to a person. Thus, an acquaintance is someone that is known by a person but is not...
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