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AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 11:52:53 AM

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Hello!

Can't find a word that stands for a person who forges (makes an illegal copy of something in order to deceive people).

How would you call this person?
thar
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 12:09:20 PM

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You will kick yourself.
It is a forger.

I assume you have worked it there are two meanings to 'forge'.
To forge is to make something, in a positive way. A blacksmith works with metal and makes things at a forge - his workshop. He forges swords and horseshoes and metal gates, and...anything made of iron. He forges things, but he is a blacksmith, not a forger.
Metaphorically you can forge a new path, forge your own future - it is to make something new through hard work and effort.

The other meaning comes from this, but is now separate. A forger makes something fake, designed to deceive. He forges documents, or paintings. Eg an art forger. For documents you can also call them a counterfeiter. Especially if they make counterfeit money.
AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 12:26:22 PM

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O god... I don't know why I haven't noticed this one...

Thank you very much!)))
Daniela Aguglia
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 1:13:24 PM

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Hello, I would like to add this different meaning that I've read in This day in history:
"After accumulating thousands of Indian allies who resented Aztec domination, Cortés forged ahead to Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital".
Romany
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 1:27:17 PM
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Daniela - that was the meaning Thar mentioned as being metaphorical.

There's no easy way to make a horseshoe. You have to have patience and strength to beat it and beat it and beat it. It's hard work. Which, I guess, is why we use it when we are discussing explorers, and soldiers (and conquerers) who have to be strong and to persevere patiently and methodically through often difficult conditions?
Rahul Goyal
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 8:30:50 PM

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Rupert Dodds
Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015 12:29:15 AM

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