Saturday, 22 October 2022

COMMONLY USED FOREIGN WORDS AND PHRASES

 


Words give life to our thoughts. There are countless words in English language. But at times many use foreign words and phrases in between their writings and speech. Here are a few words  from French, Latin, Spanish ,Japanese and Italian words with English meanings that are normally used by many. Knowing its English meaning will surely aid us to understand better and in right place even we will be comfortable to use it.

FRENCH WORDS AND PHRASES :

1. Avant garde - describes artist and writers who are unorthodox and untraditional

2. Coup d' etat - an unexpected action

3. Deja vu - sense of having undergone

4. En passant - by the way

5. Faux pas -  a social error

6. Laissez Faire - policy of non - interference

7. Par excellence - highest excellence

8. raison d' etre - reason for existence

9. Sang Froid - self control

10. tete -a tete - close conversation between two persons

11. vis -a -vis - in regard to

LATIN WORDS AND PHRASES :

1. apriori - self evident

2. alma mater - one's own school

3. alumnus - former student

4. bona fide - genuine

5. de facto - functioning in reality

6. ex gratia - payment made as favour

7. in toto - completely

8. magnum opus - crowning achievement

9. prima facie - on first appearance

10. pro rata - proportionately

11. sine die - indefinitely

12. status quo - present  condition

13. vox populi - public opinion

SPANISH WORDS:

1. Bonanza - a huge profit

2. fiesta - festival

3. peccadillo - small erroe

4. siesta - afternoon nap

JAPANESE WORDS:

1. Bonsai - growing miniature plants

2. haiku - a form of Japanese poetry

3. ikebana - flower arrangement

4. kimono - long, loose robe tied with sash

5. samurai - warrior

6. Sumo - form of wrestling

ITALIAN WORDS:

1. dilettante - amateur

2. embroglio - violent, embarrassing quarrel

3. presto = quickly

4. virtuoso- an expert performer





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