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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?
Speculation regarding the future
Regret and guilt
Spirit of the time
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?
Profoundly moralistic nature
Calm, imperturbable 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?
Creation of a classless society
No government interference
Government by aristocracy
Socialization of essential aspects of society
Hitler often spoke of 'lebensraum'. What does this word mean?
Annexation of Austria
Self-sacrifice of soldiers in combat
Unreasonableness of foreign powers
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?
Irrational nature of man
Acceptance of burdens
Joy of Living
Inevitability of Fate
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