Foreign words commonly used in English

1.      vice versa- Latin–The other way around

2.      vis-à-vis – French — side by side

3.      faux pas – French — a social blunder / false step

4.      verboten – German — forbidden

5.      alma mater – Latin — school graduated from

6.      amateur- French– not professional

7.      eureka- Greek — Found it

8.      graffiti- Italian — wall lettering

9.      Status quo -Latin–the way things are now

10.  e.g. = exempli gratia – Latin — means for example or such as

11.  au contraire – French — on the contrary

12.  avanta garde – French — radically innovative

13.  attaché – French — a person attached to an embassy

14.  au contraire – French — on the contrary

15.  au revoir!  – French  — See you later

16.  bon appétit  – French — literally “good appetite”; enjoy your meal

17.  bonjour  – French — “good day”, a standard greeting in the morning or afternoon

18.  communiqué – French – an official communication

19.  ad hoc – Latin – unplanned

20.  bona fide – Latin – genuine or real

21.  RSVP – French —  Please answer

22.  liaison – French — a go-between

23.  Passé – French — outdated, outmoded

24.  résumé – French — a document that shows one’s work history

25.   hors d’oeuvres – French — food for cocktail hour

Credits : Mahendra Varma