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    DescriptionEnglish as we know it today is enriched with many borrowings and influences from other languages. Aficionado, chutzpah, pro bono, hoi polloi, ketchup, nous, zeitgeist - we use these foreign words every day without thinking of their origins, but what do they actually mean? And just how and why did we English speakers absorb such exotic imports? Each phrase has a fascinating history; colonialism, foreign trade, invasion and immigration all have their role to play in the evolution of our language. Did you know, for example, that 'lingua franca' is Italian for 'Frankish language' - a name given to a mixed common language used by diplomats of different nationalities in medieval times? Or that the seemingly modern 'bandana' comes from the Sanskrit for the ancient Indian technique of tie-dying fabric? A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" is an accessible and entertaining treasury of information that 'connoisseurs' (French) of the English language will love!


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    Title
    A Certain 'Je ne Sais Quoi'
    Subtitle
    Words We Pinched from Other Languages
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chloe Rhodes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781843173649
    ISBN 10: 1843173646
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: WZG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BIC subject category V2: CB
    BISAC V2.8: REF025000, LAN024000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15640
    BIC subject category V2: CBX
    DC22: 422.4
    Thema V1.0: WZG, CBX
    Publisher
    Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
    Publication date
    10 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London