Faux Pas?: A No-Nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases from Other Languages ePub (Adobe DRM) download by A&C Black

Faux Pas?: A No-Nonsense Guide to Words and Phrases from Other Languages

A&C Black
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781408150108
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If you have ever been bamboozled by the use of a foreign word or phrase, or simply want to spice up your vocabulary with some well-chosen bons mots, then this is the book for you. Thousands of foreign words and phrases have been absorbed into the language and are currently used in English, from the everyday (macho, tete-a-tete, spaghetti) to the relatively obscure (ultra vires, auto-da-fe). Faux Pas focuses on familiar terms and expressions as well as those that are new, curious or amusing. Each expression is ’translated’, with an indication of its language of origin and pronunciation, a comment on its usefulness and a Pretentiousness Index.
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This is quite light-hearted and entertaining. There are plenty of foreign language pepperings in the English language and I found learning about the origins and meanings quite interesting. I doubt I will retain most of it, but it was fun nonetheless. I did like the idea of a pretentiousness index - I thought that was particularly original.
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