Have you noticed that there is a mystical allure when we come across foreign words in our readings? There is no reason why that tool should not be a part of our arsenal for our writing! Here are six French words that can add spice up your article.
- raison d’etre – The reason why something exists.
example – The raison d’etre of this non-profit organization is to achieve the goal of clean drinking water for every member of the village.
- pièce de résistance – The most important or remarkable feature.
example – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci is the pièce de résistance of Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art.
- carte blanche – complete control.
example – His supervisor gave him carte blanche over making budgetary decisions so that he delivers the project on time.
- joie de vivre – cheerful and exuberant enjoyment of life.
example – At the heart of the joie de vivre that inspires these centenarians to keep celebrating birthdays and cherishing each new day is their ikigai.
- faux pas – a socially embarrassing action or mistake.
example – It is considered a major faux pas to not bow or curtsy when meeting the queen.
- c’est la vie – an exclamation of acceptance or resignation when faced with a difficult situation.
example – Say it with me: c’est la vie. It is all fine.
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