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Foreign Words Used in English

MAC01 Santana

Foreign Words Used in English

ballet [Fr.]: I know not what; an elusive quality.
à la carte [Fr.]: a fine or noble gesture, often futile
ad absurdum [Fr.]: a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.
au revoir is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and/or heated public debate
beau geste a specialized administrative unit; especially : a subdivision of an executive department of a government b : a branch of a newspaper, newsmagazine, or wire service in an important news center c : a usually commercial agency that serves as an intermediary especially for exchanging information or coordinating activities
bon vivant [Lat.]: to the point of absurdity.
dolce vita an ardent devote
Lingua franca an act justifying war
cest la vie (Gk) – the common people
mise en scene a type of dance French.
enfant terrible on the card; (in restaurants refers to ordering individual dishes rather than a fixed-price meal)
Bureau See you soon!"; lit. Until the next sight. In French contraction of Au plaisir de vous revoir (=to the pleasure of seeing you again).
hoi polloi dread and anxiety.
mea culpa 1 : SESSION, SITTING 2 : a spiritualist meeting to receive spirit communications
angst any of various languages used as common or commercial tongues among peoples of diverse speech
nota bene [Ital.]: sweet life; the good life perceived as one of physical pleasure and self-indulgence.
cause célèbre [Fr.]: an incorrigible child; an outrageously outspoken or bold person.
Séance [Ital.]: note well; take notice.
je ne sais quoi "That's life!"; or "Such is life!" It is sometimes used as an expression to say that life is harsh but that one must accept it.
Casus belli [Lat.]: I am to blame
Aficionado [Lat.]: based on theory rather than observation.
annus mirabilis [Lat.]: wonderful year.
Persona non grata [Fr.]: up-to-date.
au courant unacceptablee or unwelcome person
a priori [Fr.]: the stage setting; surroundings

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