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Michael IELTS Band 9
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French expressions in English

Best wishes to all people in France on Bastille Day!

In honour of the day, what is your favourite French word or phrase which is in common usage in English?

Three that come to mind quickly are: joie de vivre, je ne sais pas, and  au contraire.

Jul 14, 2016 7:38 AM
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I think "je ne sais quoi" has a certain je ne sais quoi about it.


If we're stretching it to cognates, I like that "toilet" means "towelette" in French. Though I'm pretty sure I'd prefer a moist towelette to a moist toilet.

July 14, 2016
I love to make rendez-vous, instead of meetings, and going to someone's atelier instead of their workshop. 
July 14, 2016
George Bush was apocryphally reputed to have said something like: "The problem with the French is that they have no word in their language for "entrepreneur" ".
July 14, 2016
We can't forget the English people that love to say "excusez moi"...
July 14, 2016
C'est la vie
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Michael IELTS Band 9
Language Skills
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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German, Italian