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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 yes "Je Ne Sais Quoi" is an obtainable lexicon of international phrases and words utilized in English, containing every little thing from aficionado (Spanish) to zeitgeist (German). inside of you can find translations, definitions, origins, and a descriptive timeline of every item's evolution. Entries include:

  • À l. a. 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 publication is a smart present for any etymologically involved 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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