Choose the Foreign Word That Completes the Sentence

By: Allison Lips
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Even though I haven't been here before, I am experiencing __________ because this place seems so familiar.
Savoir faire
Déjà vu
English borrowed "déjà vu" from French. The phrase means "already seen."
Rendezvous
Je ne sais quoi

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It takes a lot of __________ for a student to tell the teacher he's completely wrong.
Chutzpah
"Chutzpah" comes from Yiddish. Typically, it is used to describe someone with sheer audacity.
Verboten
Schmooze
Klutz

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Whenever someone falls, there is a certain feeling of ____________ because it wasn’t you.
Zeitgeist
Blitzkreig
Wasser
Schadenfreude
"Schadenfreude" is German. It is a compound word created from "schaden," which means damage, and "freude," which translates as joy.

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He was given _________ to do whatever he wants.
Nouveau riche
Carte blanche
The first known English usage of "carte blanche" was in 1751. The phrase literally means blank document.
Bourgeois
Chic

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My grandparents went on a cruise, so I waved ___________ as the ship left the dock.
Bon appétit
Vinaigrette
Déjà vu
Bon voyage
"Bon voyage" is a French phrase. According to Merriam-Webster, the phrase entered English sometime in the 15th century.

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My uncle's barber shop quartet sings __________.
a cappella
"A cappella" is derived from "cappella," which is the Italian word for chapel. The phrase originally meant that music was performed "in chapel or choir style."
Maestro
Motto
Graffiti

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I enjoy eating ______________ to take advantage of the nice weather.
Al dente
Barista
Alfresco
In Italian, the word "fresco" means fresh. "Fresco" alone can be used to describe a type of plaster painting.
Lingua franca

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In the Mario Brothers games, Wario is Mario's _____________.
Doppelgänger
The German writer Johan Paul Richter created the word "doppelgänger" in 1796. The word combines "doppel," which means double, and "gänger," which means "goer."
Gestalt
Verboten
Kommandant

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Sarah's feeling naughty because every sentence she says is a ___________.
Eau de Cologne
Double entendre
While "double entendre" is regularly used in English, it is considered obsolete in French. In French, the phrase literally means double meaning.
Faux
En route

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When a cake has a certain ____________, some say the secret ingredient to baking is love.
Double entendre
Vinaigrette
Je ne sais quoi
"Je ne sais quoi" comes from French. It is used when an object or person has a quality that is hard to describe.
Roux

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After Uncle Bob had an argument with my dad, he’s ________________ in our house.
Status quo
De facto
ad nauseam
Persona non grata
Merriam-Webster found the first usage of "persona non grata" occurred in 1888. The phrase comes from Latin.

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Our German teacher says we are ______________ from sharing answers to the test with the next class.
Ersatz
Verboten
The German language gave English "verboten." The word is derived from "farboten," which means "to forbid."
Gesundheit
Uber

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In the 60s, the Summer of Love captured the _______________.
Biergarten
Gesundheit
Schadenfreude
Zeitgeist
"Zeitgeist" is a German word, meaning "spirit of the times." It combines "zeit" and "geist." The former means "time," while the latter means "spirit."

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He loves cigars, so he could be considered a cigar ______________.
Conquistador
Mesa
Aficionado
"Aficionado" was taken from Spanish. The word comes from the Spanish verb "aficionar," which translates as "to inspire affections."
Vigilante

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The ______________ live in the McMansions on the other side of town and drive luxury cars.
Silhouette
Nouveau riche
English borrows "nouveau riche" from French. It entered English toward the end of the 18th century.
Coup
Boutique

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Let’s ________________ at the bar after work.
Rendezvous
English takes "rendezvous" form French. The word derives from the Middle French "rendez vous," which means present yourselves.
Fiancé
Bon voyage
Boutique

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Instead of saying bless you, my German friend said ___________.
Gesundheit
"Gesundheit" is borrowed from German. In German, the word means health.
Blitzkreig
Halt
Hallo

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If you’re looking for a promotion, you may have to ____________ your superiors.
Chutzpah
Schmaltz
Schmooze
English borrows "schmooze" from Yiddish. Other Yiddish words used in English include schlep and schlock.
Kvetch

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My grandmother says her neighbor is such a ___________ because he always helps with her groceries.
Spritz
Mensch
"Mensch" worked its way into the English language from German by way of Yiddish. In Middle High German, "mensch" means "man" in the sense of "human being."
Verboten
Doppelgänger

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My sister loves designer clothes because they make her feel ____________.
Chic
Chic entered English in the mid-1800s. The word is originally French.
Critique
Chauffeur
Bouquet

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In history class, the teacher was talking about the German bombings over London, which were called a _____________.
Halt
Wanderlust
Spritz
Blitzkrieg
Blitzkrieg entered English in 1937. It is formed from the words "blitz" and "krieg." The former means lightning and the latter means war.

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After the office potluck, I was stuffed because it was a _________________ of homemade dishes.
Smorgasbord
Smorgasbord is a Swedish word. It combines the Swedish words for open sandwich and table.
Slalom
Fjord
Lutefisk

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Over the last few years, _____________, a Japanese dish with raw fish, has become popular.
Karate
Manga
Sushi
While English spears use sushi to refer to dishes made with raw fish, "sushi" specifically refers to the rice soaked in vinegar used in such dishes.
Sake

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If you go to the end of the ________________, you’ll find my house on the right.
Bourgeois
Depot
Déjà vu
Cul-de-sac
English borrowed "cul-de-sac" from French. In French, it literally means bottom of the bag.

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Yesterday, Matt went completely ______________ on the dance floor at the wild party.
Loco
As a noun, English borrows "loco," meaning crazy, from Spanish. The Italian definition of loco is "at place" and is often used in music.
Taco
Salsa
Rojo

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After a week-long vacation, he was sad to say ____________ to Spain.
Hola
Aficionado
Plaza
Adios
"Adios" means goodbye in Spanish. However, its Spanish form derives form "a Dios seas." That means "may you be commended to God."

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I know you think you have a great idea, but ________________ because the boss is never going to agree to it.
Bon voyage
Bourgeois
Bon appétit
Au contraire
"Au contraire" is French. The phrase means "on the contrary."

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It’s a cliché, but movies set in France always seem to have a boy riding a bicycle delivering a ______________ for breakfast.
Baguette
"Baguette" is French. It is derived from the French word for rod.
Café
Joie de vivre
A propos

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Grandma has a collection of porcelain figurines and other assorted __________.
Cul-de-sac
Valet
Depot
Bric-a-brac
English adopted "bric-a-brac" from French. Merriam-Webster dates the first usage in English to 1840.

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The millionaire insists on calling his _________________ because he hates to drive.
Chauffeur
English borrows "chauffeur" from French. In French, chauffeur literally means "one that heats" because the first chauffeurs kept the fire in a steam engine going.
Eau de Cologne
Bourgeois
à la carte

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High school was miserable for me because I never found a _________________ where I belonged.
Petite
De jure
Chic
Clique
French is the source of the word "clique." English adopted the word in the early-1700s.

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Eventually, Larry will crack and reveal what is underneath that ________________.
Crochet
Facade
Facade is from French. French borrowed the word from the Italian "facciata," which means face.
Dossier
Rendezvous

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Uma Thurman plays a _____________ in "Kill Bill."
Femme fatale
English borrows "femme fatale" from French. The phrase literally means "disastrous woman."
Baguette
Carte blanche
Chic

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Instead of having a Sweet Sixteen, a South American teenage girl may have a ______________.
Taco
Quinceañera
In places where having a quinceañera is common, it is a religious and social event that stresses the importance of family. Fifteen-year-old girls in Mexico and Latin America usually have one.
Siesta
Adios

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When it rains, you may keep your clothes dry with a ________________.
Burro
Macho
Poncho
Originally from American Spanish, "poncho" entered English in the early-1700s. Since ponchos have no sleeves, they are worn through a hole that goes over a wearer's head.
Taco

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