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Ten Foreign Words or Phrases  

French, Latin or even Russian words used in English Literature have often confused and troubled me, thus compelling me to research and find their meanings. For you convenience here is a list of ten most commonly used foreign words:

  1. au fait (French): having a good or detailed knowledge

  1. bona fide (Latin): genuine; real

  1. carte blanche (French): complete freedom to act as one wishes

  1. de facto (Latin): in fact, whether by right or not

  1. déjà vu (French): the sense of having experienced the present situation before

  1. prima facie (Latin): accepted as so until proved otherwise

  1. faux pas (French): an embarrassing blunder or indiscretion

  1. joie de vivre (French): exuberant enjoyment of life

  1. haute couture ((French): the designing and making of clothes by leading fashion houses

  1. grande dame (French): a woman who is influential within a particular sphere

9 comments

  1. (¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯)  

    improves my vocabulary :-)

    Grande is also "big" in spanish ;-)

  2. Anonymous  

    Gracias, Spaceeba, Hvala, (Thank you)

  3. workhard  

    Thanks for putting that up.. i know a couple of them but for some i always forget.. like bonafide...


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  4. Old Monk  

    Thanks for the input. And have you stopped scribbling in 'Delve into the mind of a budding blogger'? Hope to see you there soon.

  5. littlebearz  

    I think the only one I used ever was number 5

  6. Ianna  

    Sweet! Is always nice to learn new things, especially an estrange language..

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  9. Anonymous  

    Nice list. Sometimes these words and phrases are overused in books and it can be frustrating to say the least.

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