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ad hoc

Latin

literally, "to this"---for a specific purpose

2

ad infinitum

Latin

literally, "to infinity"---for a long time

3

ad nauseum

Latin

to the point of nausea

4

alfresco

Italian

out of doors, in the open

5

alma mater

Latin

literally, "fostering mother"---the school one attended

6

ars gratia artis

Latin

literally, "art for art's sake"

7

au naturel

French

naked, unadorned

8

avant-garde

French

on the cutting edge

9

bête noire

French

literally "black beast"---a minor personal annoyance

10

bon vivant

French

someone who gets great enjoyment from life

11

carpe diem

Latin

literally, "seize the day"

12

carte blanche

French

literally, "white card"---complete freedom

13

cause célèbre

French

an infamous event or scandal

14

comme il faut

French

appropriate

15

corpus delecti

Latin

literally, "body of the crime"---evidence

16

coup de grace

French

the death blow

17

de facto

Latin

literally, "in fact"

18

deus ex machina

Latin

literally, "god from the machine"---a solution created out of desperation because no plausible one exists

19

enfant terrible

French

an unmanageable child

20

ex cathedra

Latin

literally, "from the chair"---with unquestionable authority

21

fait accompli

French

literally, "accomplished fact"

22

faux pas

French

literally, "false step"---a breach in etiquette or social protocol

23

flagrante delicto

Latin

literally, "with the crime blazing"---caught red-handed

24

in vino veritas

Latin

literally, "in wine, truth"

25

ipso facto

Latin

literally, "by the fact itself"

26

joie de vivre

French

literally, "joy of living"---high spirits, enthusiasm

27

lingua franca

Italian

literally, "the Frankish tongue"---a common language between people who do not speak the other's native language

28

mea culpa

Latin

literally, "my fault"

29

noblesse oblige

French

the obligation of those of noble heritage

30

prima facie

Latin

literally, "on the face of it"---at first glance

31

quod erat demonstratum

Latin

literally, "as has been demonstrated"---often abbreviated Q.E.D.

32

raison d'être

French

literally, "reason for being"

33

savoir-faire

French

literally, "to know what to do"

34

status quo

Latin

the current circumstances

35

tabula rasa

Latin

literally, "erased tablet"---not yet affected by environment

36

tempus fugit

Latin

literally, "time flies"

37

tête-à-tête

French

literally, "head to head"---a private conversation

38

veni, vidi, vici

Latin

literally, "I came, I saw, I conquered"

39

verboten

German

forbidden

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Zeitgeist

German

the mood of the moment