Savoir Faire: 1,000+ Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart

Savoir Faire: 1,000+ Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart

Laura Lee Hardcover, 239 pages; 2016
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When you tease someone about his ego, offer kudos to a friend, or invite your coworkers to a weekend soirée, you're actually speaking Latin, Greek, and French! That's because the English language owes nearly 80% of its terminology to other languages, resulting in one of the world's largest vocabularies. Now you can explore the roots of more than 1,000 such words (including numerous Latin terms adopted as U.S. state mottos), thanks to this this illuminating A to Z compendium. You may be surprised to find you use many of these entries in your everyday life, but we'll wager plenty of others will be as new to you as they were to us. As a bonus, short etymological musings are sprinkled among the entries, including entertaining "face offs" between two languages for the same idea: aficionado vs. dilettante, cadaver vs. corpse, uff da vs. oy vey, and more. Enlightening and fun! (KG)

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