Mais oui, we love our French words and phrases
In honor of Emmanuel Macron's victory in France, here are some of my favorite French words and sayings that have found their way into our American patter. Because our language is a melting pot pretty much like our country, n'est-ce que pas?
Agent provocateur: a person who incites others to commit illegal acts to make them liable to punishment.
Bête Noire: A person or thing that one dislikes or avoids. Scarier than 'pet peeve.'
Coup de foudre: Love at first sight. Literally, a thunderbolt. So much more evocative, too.
Déjà vu: The sense that you've seen something, been somewhere or done something before.
Flâner: Strolling about the streets of a city with no particular destination in mind. The strollers are called les flâneurs.
Faux: Imitation, fake It's sometimes used rather proudly.
Je ne sais quoi: Something or someone with a certain appeal that can't be easily defined Literally, 'I don't know what.'
Le mot juste: Just the right word, and a delightful way to say it.
Vachement: Truly, very. Literally, cowly.