Anu Garg starts his "A Word a Day" e-mail with this quote from Stephen King and then goes on to give the definition of the now English word "soubrette" which was borrowed from the French. It has one meaning in French, a maid, but two additional uses in English: a flirtatious young woman or a soprano in a supporting role in a comic opera.
He is devoting this week to featuring five words used in the English language that are borrowed from the French. So if your French is not yet up to snuff, there's no reason not to at least speak some French words while speaking English.
To view the words (April 2011) or sign up for the daily e-mails go to Garg's website, Wordsmith.org, where "A Word a Day" resides.
Foto: Une couple en un parc de sculptures en Taninges, France. Mars 2011.