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A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched From Other Languages Hardcover – 10 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (10 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843173646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843173649
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi is an accessible and entertaining treasury of information that 'connoisseurs' (French) of the English language will love! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chloe Rhodes is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Independent on Sunday, as well as in several other national publications. Her previous books include A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched From Other Languages and One For Sorrow: A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore, both published by Michael O'Mara Books.


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Format: Hardcover
This book is really cool!
Ever wondered where we get words from?
This book contains all the words you could think of and their meanings - neat!
Whether words we use today come from Latin, French, Chinese, German, Spanish, Russian or Greek origins, this book has all the information on the words, how long they've been around and what language they originated from. This cute book would be ideal as a Christmas/birthday gift for a family member/friend, as it is informative, interesting, and is nice to refer to if you ever feel the need. Highly reccommmended.
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I am a lover of language and etymology, and thought i'd treat myself with this book after finishing my final exams. Many words in there aren't a mystery to me, simply because i'm a linguist, but would be very interesting to those who speak no foreign languages. The descriptions of the origins were basic, but the premise of the book is simply to give a brief and entertaining definition and origin of a word, so I didn't expect long essays about word origin.

All in all, a satisfying and interesting read.
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Format: Hardcover
I studied the history of the English language at University and found this book very interesting. It explained clearly how and why foreign words became part of our language.
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Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant book about foreign words and phrases which have found their way into the English language and become part of the linguistic furniture. The explanations have a Cartesian clarity and the examples are often hilarious. To quote one at random: (In flagrante delicto) 'The Petersons had been rather less adventurous in their love-making since they were caught in the bushes in flagrante by the vicar and his cocker spaniel.'
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I was really disappointed as this promised to be a really interesting book - and it is - if you can get past the bad language - such a shame, so unnecessary
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kindle versions of factual books are not brilliant for ease of use.There appears to be no index for this book so to look things up is real trial. The material itself is ok
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This is a Christmas present so too early to say what the recipient will say but a quick flick through indicates very interesting.
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Good idea for a book. Interesting to learn the meanings of some words and phrases both commonly used and misunderstood.
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