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Do You Have a Frenemy?

I think I’m out of the loop because I only heard the term frenemy recently. As you can guess, frenemy is a slang term used to describe a person who is both an enemy and a friend. At first I found this idea plain silly; how could someone be both of those things at once? But then I recalled a relationship I once had with a co-worker. While I called this woman a friend, and overtly treated her like one, in reality I actually didn’t care for her all that much. Her “friendly” competition was not what friendship is all about.

It seems like many women feel like they have to be friends with everyone, even if they don’t necessarily like that person, creating a lot of situations for frenemy relationships to grow. Is this term legitimate? Have you ever had a frenemy?


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