14 perfect French words and phrases that should be used in English

14 perfect French words and phrases that should be used in English

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The English language has been shaped by a number of other languages over the centuries, and many English speakers know that Latin and German were two of the most important. What many people don’t realize is how much the French language has influenced English.

During the Norman occupation, about 10,000 French words were adopted into English, some three-fourths of which are still in use today.

According to Oxford English Dictionary 1.000 new English words are added to the dictionary every year. The reason is that English is official language in 83 countries/regions and spoken in 105 other countries and second most spoken language worldwide after Mandarin. 380 million people speak English as their first language, 510 million as their second. That makes in total 890 million English speakers worldwide. Furthermore,  technology, healthcare, aviation, engineering, power and energy and all of the sciences have also one thing in common. They are all subjects that are almost universally communicated in English.

Due to these facts it is no surprise that every year new English words, terms and expressions are born. However, there are still words and phrases missing that are French and should be used in English. Here they are:

 

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