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    Foreign Phrases?

    Ever wonder what that string of words was in the newspaper you read this morning or what us silly teenagers are talking about? Of course you do! I do, mysefl! Here's the place to find foreign phrases to add to your vocabulary. Just post a phrase (latin, u.s. lingo, french, etc.) and its meaning for us. C'est bon, non?

    de trop: not wanted (French)
    mot juste: appropriate word or expression (French) pl. mots justes
    MULDER: It's still there, Scully. 200,000 years down in the ice.

    SCULLY:
    Leave it there.

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    Here's an easy one:

    "Veni, vidi, vici." - I came, I saw, I conquered. (Latin)

    *Caveat Emptor: Phrase only to be used by those arrogant enough to pull it off. Advice - think Julius Caesar after he defeated Pharnaces.

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    "de trop" literally "too much of" in French, so it will usually be used to mean "not wanted" but not always (it can just mean "whether it be wanted or not, I think there is too much of that")
    "The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding bureaucracy."
    -- Unknown

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    sticking with the latin theme

    carpe diem - 'seize the day'

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    It really annoys me when people confuse:
    coup de grâce--a final, winning blow
    with:
    coup d'état--the overthrowing of an established government

    :nono And don't anyone confuse these terms for coup de maître, which means "masterstroke".

    ETA: Those phrases are French in origin, BTW. (Why is there no beret-wearing, Gauloise-smoking, Sarte-reading smiley?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    It really annoys me when people confuse:
    coup de grâce--a final, winning blow
    with:
    coup d'état--the overthrowing of an established government

    :nono And don't anyone confuse these terms for coup de maître, which means "masterstroke".

    ETA: Those phrases are French in origin, BTW. (Why is there no beret-wearing, Gauloise-smoking, Sarte-reading smiley?)
    my favorite is when people (even on the cable news) say "deja vu all over again"
    "The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding bureaucracy."
    -- Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaius
    my favorite is when people (even on the cable news) say "deja vu all over again"
    I know!
    Mon cri de coeur: Why? Why do people insist on abusing language like that?
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    deus ex machina: a person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty (Latin)


    SnowflakeGirl, are you fluent in French?
    MULDER: It's still there, Scully. 200,000 years down in the ice.

    SCULLY:
    Leave it there.

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    A little more obscure this time:

    "In potentia"- What is not, but may be

    "In esse" - What already is; existing

    and, of course, "Cogito ergo sum" - I think, therefore, I am.

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    Oh, we should get started on commonly-used Italian expressions, too. I'll start with an easy one:

    "La dolce vita" - the sweet life (not to be confused with Aristotle's "the good life". I doubt eudaimonia is at all what Fellini intended to convey. )

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