10 Foreign Words and Phrases Used In The English Language

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10 Foreign Words and Phrases Used In The English Language

Date posted: Aug 13, 2015       Posted by: Silvester



There are around 6,500 languages used in the world. French and Latin influenced the English Language the most along with Germanic Languages.

Due to this and the varying of culture, a lot of words exist without a direct translation in the English language. These words are then adapted and are used in the English language.

Here are ten foreign words and phrases commonly used in the English Language.

1. per se [Latin]
adv. “in itself”

2. klutz [Yiddish]
n. a clumsy person

3. fiasco [Italian]
n. total failure

4. déjà vu [French]
n. the sensation of having previously experienced something that one is experiencing

5. angst [German]
n. dread and anxiety.

6. carpe diem [Latin]
n. seize the day.

7. Doppelgänger [German]
n. a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

8. alma mater [Latin]
n. any institution one has graduated from; in other words, one’s old school or university

9. avant-garde [French]
n. an artist or group associated with the use of new techniques in their field

10. bona fide [Latin]
adj. authentic, genuine, in good faith


Sources:
English Leap - http://bit.ly/1hgAGTi
Infoplease - http://bit.ly/1p0UNAU, http://bit.ly/1tOKlz9
Merriam-Webster - http://bit.ly/1evC7oa
Matinee Multilingual - http://bit.ly/1UjFt4J