New PDF release: A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi": The Origin of Foreign Words

By Chloe Rhodes

ISBN-10: 1606520571

ISBN-13: 9781606520574

English does not borrow from different languages. English follows different languages down darkish alleys, knocks them over, and is going via their wallet for unfastened grammar. -James D. Nicoll geared up alphabetically for simple reference, a undeniable "Je Ne Sais Quoi" is an obtainable lexicon of overseas phrases and words utilized in English, containing every thing from aficionado (Spanish) to zeitgeist (German). within you can 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: whole 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 e-book is a brilliant reward for any etymologically involved person. Use this booklet to reacquaint your self with the English language, and you will be compos mentis very quickly.

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The English suburban fondness for such houses, especially near the coast, changed the landscape in the twentieth century. However, the 1968 Beatles song “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” was inspired by the real thing when John Lennon mocked a rich American at the Maharishi’s meditation camp who proudly shot a tiger. ) With the elevator broken and a ten-story climb ahead, Arthur and Enid first conceived their dream—a bungalow by the sea. C Camaraderie comradeship (French) This word conveys a spirit of fellowship and trust between friends or colleagues.

You’d better get Gavin a cab home, Lou. I don’t think he’s fully compos mentis. Confetti sweets (Italian) The term is the plural of “confetto” meaning “candy,” but the term is exclusively used in Italy for sugared almonds, which are eaten at weddings, baptisms, and first communions. The British and American tradition of throwing confetti at weddings is related to the very old tradition of throwing rice, dates, or nuts that may reach back beyond ancient Rome or Egypt. It brings good luck and represents fertility and abundance.

In English the word is usually used to describe people who are experts in the fields of art, literature, or fashion, indicating a certain refinement in taste and judgment. It is also used more colloquially to describe those who are “in the know” on any subject; a member of the cocktail cognoscenti could guide one to the perfect Manhattan, while the techno cognoscenti would lead you to the best computer. You couldn’t find leopard-print leggings that year for love or money. The fashion cognoscenti had bought up every last pair.

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