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    A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi": The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English (Hardback) By (author) Chloe Rhodes

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    Description"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: A la carte: from the card or of the menu (French)Fiasco: complete failure (Italian)Dungarees: thick cotton cloth/overalls (Hindi) Diaspora: dispersion (Greek)Smorgasbord: bread and butter (Swedish)Cognoscenti: those who know (Italian)Compos mentis: having mastery of one's mind; with it (Latin) Attractively packaged with black and white illustrations, this whimsical yet authoritative book is a great gift for any etymologically fascinated individual. Use this book to reacquaint yourself with the English language, and you'll be compos mentis in no time.


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    Title
    A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"
    Subtitle
    The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chloe Rhodes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 175
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781606520574
    ISBN 10: 1606520571
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.2
    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    BIC subject category V2: CFF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 680
    Libri: I-RB
    BIC subject category V2: CB
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15600
    DC21: 422.403
    BISAC V2.8: REF025000, LAN024000
    B&T Approval Code: A22300000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 422.403, 422/.403
    LC classification: PE1670 .R495 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Reader's Digest Association
    Imprint name
    Reader's Digest Association
    Publication date
    04 March 2010