A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi'
The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English
ISBN 9781606520574 | 176 pages | 04 Mar 2010 | Reader's Digest | 5.31 x 7.99in | 18 - AND UP
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"English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar."
-James D. Nicoll
Organized alphabetically for easy reference, A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" is an accessible lexicon of foreign words and phrases used in English, containing everything from aficionado (Spanish) to zeitgeist (German). Inside you'll find translations, definitions, origins, and a descriptive timeline of each item's evolution. Entries include:
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