A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi


English 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?

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ISBN:

9781782434320

Format:

Paperback

Pages:

176

Dimensions:

19cm x 12cm

RRP:

$14.99

Category:

Fiction , Non-Fiction

Publisher:

Michael O'Mara Books

Published:

01 September 2015

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chloe Rhodes