French Loan Words 2

Try to guess popular words and phrases in French.
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Last updated: October 15, 2012
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Voilà
The national razor
Guillotine
"That's life"
C'est la vie
Something you shouldn't do.
Faux pas
A relationship between three people.
Ménage à trois
Pseudonym. Pen name.
Nom de plume
"Reason for existence"
Raison d'être
Know-how
Savoir-faire
Meeting point.
Rendez-vous
Painted illusion.
Trompe l'œil
"In relation to"
Vis-à-vis
A degenerate or marginalized artist.
Poète maudit
Memento. Keepsake.
Souvenir
Something that is pertinent.
À propos
Prodigy with a neurological disability.
Idiot Savant
To cause shame.
Embarrass
A person who enjoys the good things in life.
Bon vivant
Office
Bureau
Impostor or con man.
Charlatan
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Unforseen disastrous event.
Débâcle
Men's perfume.
Eau de Cologne
Courtesy towards an opponent in a swordfight.
En garde
An impossible child.
Enfant terrible
That which was succefully accomplished.
Fait accompli
Movie genre filled with intrigue and sinister characters.
Film noir
An inexpressible quality.
Je ne sais quoi
Crafting technic.
Papier-mâché
Apprentice
Protégé
Military survey.
Reconnaissance
Act of rebellion which historically involved the use of shoes.
Sabotage
A private dialogue.
Tête-à-tête
Peeping Tom.
Voyeur
An unexpected turn of circumstances.
Volte-face
An expert.
Connoisseur
To extend a concert or performance.
Encore
The highlight on a collection of items.
Pièce de résistance
Inaugural show.
Première
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Level 72
Mar 12, 2015
"eau de cologne" never occurred to me because it isn't specific to men!
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Level 79
Sep 15, 2015
Agree!
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Level 56
May 11, 2015
eau de cologne didnt work for me...
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Level 65
Jun 23, 2015
Nor me
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Level 67
Jan 19, 2019
same cologne alone did work though... weird..
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Level 37
Oct 29, 2017
Perhaps it's a gender thing in France. "Cologne" being the tamer version, for men and "parfum", the stronger one, for women.
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2018
"Faux pas" means making a mistake. It doesn't apply only to something which one shouldn't do. It also refers to a snafu of a legitimate assignment.
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Level 35
Jun 12, 2020
I am by no means an expert, but the English description of 'fait accompli' doesn't feel right to me. I would say it is more a certain fact/situation someone is confronted with that cannot be changed anymore. Like being put on the spot.