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Fun with “Foreign Phrases” . Déjà vu: the illusion of experiencing something before (n) Faux pas: a slip in manners or conduct; a social blunder (n) Bon voyage: an expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or adventure (n) E pluribus unum : “out of one, many” US motto (n)

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Déjà vu: the illusion of experiencing something before (n)

  • Faux pas: a slip in manners or conduct; a social blunder (n)
  • Bon voyage: an expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or adventure (n)
  • E pluribus unum: “out of one, many” US motto (n)
  • Status quo: the existing condition or state of affairs (n)
  • Carte blanche: complete freedom; no restrictions (n)
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Caveat emptor: “let the buyer beware”; buy art at your own risk (n)

  • Hoi polloi: the common people; the masses (n)
  • Prima donna: chief female operatic singer; self-important, difficult person (n)
  • Alma mater: the school your graduated from (n)
  • Femme fatale: dangerous woman (n)
  • Espirit de corps: a feeling of pride, fellowship, and common loyalty shared by the members of a particular group; team spirit (n)
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Du jour: “of the day”; something trendy or a temporary item on a menu (adj)

  • Tabula rasa: empty slate (adj/n)
  • Cum laude: with honor (adj/adv)
  • RSVP: please respond (vb)
  • Alpha and omega: the first and the last; beginning and end (n)
  • Verbatim: word for word; exactly as written or spoken (adj)
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Avant grande: cutting edge; new; experimental; innovative- especially in the arts (n)

  • Ad nauseam: to the extreme degree (adv)
  • Carpe diem: seize the day (vb)
  • Tempus fugit: “time flees” or translated time flies
  • C est la vie: “that’s life” (n)
  • Bona fide: made in good faith without fraud or deceit (n)
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Savoir faire: capacity for appropriate action; especially: a polished sureness in social behavior

  • Non sequitur: a statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said
  • Id est: that is
  • Enfant terrible:a usually young and successful person who is strikingly unorthodox, innovative, or avant-garde
  • Terra firma: dry land; solid ground
  • Voxpopuli: popular sentiment