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Foreign Words That Have Crossed Over
Borrowed Words and Phrases
"Many foreign words have been incorporated into the English language. Here are a few that come to us from the French and German."
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What does the German word, 'zeitgeist', mean?
Spirit of the time
Regret and guilt
Speculation regarding the future
Another German word that has 'crossed over' is 'weltschmerz'. What does it mean?
Sadness at the state of the world
The French concept of 'savoir-faire' is commonly used. What does it mean?
Grace, tact and polish
Another popular French word is 'sang-froid'. Meaning?
Calm, imperturbable nature
Profoundly moralistic nature
The German language also speaks of 'weltanschauung'. What does it mean?
View of the world
Political and economic isolationism
Fascination with the occult
Also German is the literary phrase, 'sturm und drang'. To what does it refer?
The French word, 'laissez-faire', is commonly used. What does it describe?
No government interference
Government by aristocracy
Creation of a classless society
Socialization of essential aspects of society
Hitler often spoke of 'lebensraum'. What does this word mean?
Annexation of Austria
Unreasonableness of foreign powers
Self-sacrifice of soldiers in combat
The French give us the word 'panache'. Meaning?
Dash and flamboyance
Ethical and moral behavior
The French also speak of 'joie de vivre'. What does it mean?
Joy of Living
Inevitability of Fate
Acceptance of burdens
Irrational nature of man
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Compiled Dec 04 13