The World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions is an excellent resource for those who encounter the foreign words and phrases that permeate spoken and written English and seek a fuller understanding of them. It contains abbreviations, single words, and phrases from a wealth of languages including: Afrikaans, Arabic, Aramaic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Greek, German, Italian, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Inuit, Japanese, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Provencal, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Turkish, and Yiddish.
No other resource available contains such a wealth of expressions or such detailed explication from such a wide variety of ancient and modern languages.
- Identification of the language of origin and a polished translation for each expression
- Literal word-by-word explication of each entry
- Models for proper usage through quotations from recent scholarship or journalism
- Easy-to-follow format that's gentle on the eyes