By Chloe Rhodes
English does not borrow from different languages. English follows different languages down darkish alleys, knocks them over, and is going via their wallet for free grammar. -James D. Nicoll equipped alphabetically for simple reference, a undeniable "Je Ne Sais Quoi" is an obtainable lexicon of overseas phrases and words utilized in English, containing every little thing from aficionado (Spanish) to zeitgeist (German). inside of you will find translations, definitions, origins, and a descriptive timeline of every item's evolution. Entries contain: ? los angeles carte: from the cardboard or of the menu (French) Fiasco: entire failure (Italian) Dungarees: thick cotton cloth/overalls (Hindi) Diaspora: dispersion (Greek) Smorgasbord: bread and butter (Swedish) Cognoscenti: those that recognize (Italian) Compos mentis: having mastery of one's brain; with it (Latin) Attractively packaged with black and white illustrations, this whimsical but authoritative booklet is a brilliant present for any etymologically interested person. Use this e-book to reacquaint your self with the English language, and you will be compos mentis very quickly.
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It has become an important phrase in the wider consumer market, too, particularly in the purchase of secondhand goods. The word “caveat” is also often used alone (without italics) as a noun to describe a warning, condition, or restriction. Having got her special-offer impulse purchase home, and finding not only that did it not fit but that beige and shocking pink stripes weren’t really “her,” Susan was unable to prevent the phrase “caveat emptor” from entering her mind. ” A “cenotaph” is a monument to the dead whose bodies are either lost or buried elsewhere.
Mr. Green’s scowl was putting off the voters, so his political advisers drew smiley faces on each page of his speech as an aide-mémoire to look more cheerful. Al dente to the tooth (Italian) This is the term Italians use to describe the way pasta should be served—cooked through but still firm, retaining some bite. The enormous popularity of Italian food in the UK and the United States has led the phrase to be widely used in English. It has also been adopted to describe vegetables like green beans and zucchini, which have been cooked briefly so they retain a bit of crunch.
It means something that is designed for one set purpose. “Ad hoc” committees are established by the government to help solve a specific problem; they’re usually created in response to an urgent need and last only for the duration of the task in hand. This has led the phrase to have a broader meaning of improvised or provisional. For example, if plans are said to be “ad hoc,” they might be seen as last minute and haphazard. Jeffrey preferred to plan his plane-spotting trips for himself; the itineraries of his fellow enthusiasts seemed alarmingly ad hoc.
A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi": The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English by Chloe Rhodes