Random realization of the morning: In Spanish, when you want to address someone politely (I.E. instances in which you would say "sir/gentleman" in English) you use the word for knight, which literally translates to something like horseman. I knew this, of course, but the weirdness of the situation dawned on me when a station worker at my local subway station tried to get someone's attention by going "hola, caballero" (hello, sir), and I started thinking of how absolutely awkward it would be if someone came up to you in an English speaking country in the 21st century and was like "hello, horseman!"
@guilevi This certainly is a word that has different functions in different languages and countries.
For example if you called someone a horseman in Finnish ('hevosmies'), it would be taken as mocking, and possibly even as an ethnic slur.
The word is mostly used in a combination that translates as ”horsemen's news agency” and that means unreliable hearsay that is not possible to confirm.
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