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A Certain A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi": The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English

by Chloe Rhodes

Book Reviews

"MyParenTime.com highly recommends this book -- besides being highly informative, it's very interesting to learn where these words and phrases came to be in the English language. Anyone who is fascinated with knowledge is sure to enjoy this book."
--My Parent Time

Online Reviews

"I love LOVE books like this. This is actually one that I want to keep handy so when I start my English classes I will have something to use. It would make a great handy book also if you are a writer and are constantly looking up synonyms! So if you know a writer or a teacher, this would be perfect!"
--Geek Girl Reviews

"A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' makes for a fun book to read through, use for reference or give to any lover of etymology as a gift."
--Rundpinne

"A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' is a clever and entertaining 176 page hardcover book that any expert or amateur of the English language will simply love. It would make a great reference book, a resource for a 'Word of the Day' to encourage learning, or as a gift for any lover of etymology. I highly recommend this De rigueur smorgasbord of words and hearten you to schmooze with those of high nous and the neophyte and have fun learning new words!"
-- Lori's LOLz

"This is an entertaining book filled with information for those with an interest in words and for those who want to use them correctly."
--Bookvisions

"I love that the book is laid out like alphabetically, from A to Z you can easily find and look up what you have been curious about. It's a really fun book to have around, we have been cracking it open off and on and learning new things each time. It's a great book for people who love trivia or languages (or both)!"
--Aimeeroo

"If these examples intrigue you, get hold of a copy of A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' and dip into it yourself. It's great fun and you just might learn something new along the way"
--BookLoons

"I enjoyed browsing through this book. I learned a lot and was surprised at some of the history behind the words. I think anyone who enjoys words would enjoy this book."
--Adventures in 100 Acre Woods

"MyParenTime.com highly recommends this book -- besides being highly informative, it's very interesting to learn where these words and phrases came to be in the English language. Anyone who is fascinated with knowledge is sure to enjoy this book."
--My Parent Time

"A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' could be defined as a dictionary, with its alphabetical list of foreign words now in common English use. But it's much more . . . It is a pleasure to read but also well-researched and provides colorful descriptions of how words got their meaning and how they may have changed once brought into English usage."
--Blog Critics

"This book has been a fun addition to our growing vocabulary! I ask where do you think this book originates and its meaning. Don't forget to pick up this book! It is a great conversation starter, too!"
--Scraps of Life

"If you are fascinated by the origins of words in the English language, you'll enjoy this little book."
--Psychlinks

"If you're looking for a funny unique book (the author's illustrations are hysterical at times though she seems to have a penchant for sheep . . . hmmmm) that is a great conversation starter. Check it out today!"
--Bless Their Hearts Mom

"A Certain 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English by Chloe Rhodes was such a fabulous book to review . . . This book is filled with some odd, funny, and all-around great stories on the evolution of many words, such as Schadenfreude, Wanderlust, and my favorite thing to wear -- Pajamas. However, even though I am a lover of words, I still learned quite a few new things after reading the book."
--The Girl From The Ghetto

"This book is a gold mine for any logophile (lover of words). It has so many words we hear all the time and tells us what it really means and where it came from."
--Reading at the Beach

"Language lovers will enjoy this book as it tells the little-known origin of some of these thousands of foreign words and phrases. Organized alphabetically for easy reference . . . from a cappella to zeitgeist . . . you'll find translations, definitions, origins and lively descriptions of each items evolution into everyday usage."
--The Three Tomatoes

"Attractively packaged with black and white illustrations, this whimsical yet authoritative book is a great gift for any etymologically fascinated individual. Use this book to reacquaint yourself with the English language, and you'll be compos mentis in no time."
--Beth's Book Review Blog

"If you have a word lover in your life who needs a gift or if you like to have books around that are interesting to browse through, this is a good bet."
--The Book Nest