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French expressions in English

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French phrases we use in English

The English language has taken 'loan words' and phrases from other languages which are now part and parcel of the language. Here are just a few examples of French expressions which we use in English.

Faux pas

Faux pas: An embarrassing small mistake. Usually used for social settings.

"Calling your neighbour's wife by the wrong name was a real faux pas."

Au fait

Au fait: Familiar with.

"I'm not au fait with the work of this author. I haven't read any of his books."

Déjà vu

Déjà vu: Already seen. In English we use this expression to describe the strange feeling of having done something before when you know that you have not.

"I had a strong feeling of déjà vu when I entered the room for the first time. I felt like I had been there before, but I know that I had not."