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One can take a moment or an instant to indicate a short amount of time; depending on context this may mean a fraction of a second, several minutes, or a period of years: The doctor will be out in a moment. Neo-swing enjoyed a moment of mainstream popularity in the 1990s. Something which is almost instantaneous is done in a flash, blink, or ...
For a car or a train, if you stop using the engine to propel it, you can say that you coast to a stop, or that the train (or car) is coasting. I haven't heard this used for boats (and Googling seems to indicate that if you coast in a boat, it often means that you are following the coastline), but I don't know what term would be used instead. UPDATE: As ...
Quyer and choir possibly have different meanings. From the context you gave, it looks like quyer is the equivalent of the modern-day word quire. A quire is not a group of singers, but rather it's the part of a church where those singers sit. Choir is clearly a strongly related word, describing the group of singers. To muddy the water a bit, the spelling ...
I think the word you are looking for here is momentum, as in traveling on momentum alone. momentum n 2. (Physics / General Physics) the impetus of a body resulting from its motion
Playing violin is George's forte a person's strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; something that one excels in. Etymologically, 1640s, from French fort "strong point (of a sword blade)," also fort, from Middle French fort. Meaning "strong point of a person" is from 1680s. Final -e- added 18c. in ...
Either. An animal of unknown gender is it. Look at the cat, it's so cute. Look at what the cat does. It's the cutest thing I have seen. Look at the picture, it's cute. The translations would be It is too cute (the cat, any gender) and It is too cute (the situation). You can use This/That is too cute to emphasize the situation though.
'Kash' is the correct pronunciation. If you pronounce it 'kash-ey' then you're actually using a different word entirely, cachet.
Literally, à la only means (in this case) in the. It's an abbreviation of à la mode de, which means in the style of. The de is not governed by the gender of the place/person/etc that follows. So your usage is correct.
Q.E.D - Quod erat demonstrandum - is put at the end of of a proof to signify that what we attempted to prove has been proven. Q.E.F. - Quod erat faciendum - is a term that is used in geometric proof to signify that the geometric construction has been completed. It is a rarely used English abbreviation. From the article the correct translation is Q.E.F. but ...
A blink of an eye and a split second come to mind. Edit: If you insist on a single word, you'll have to go with an instant, or get creative and change the sentence structure to accommodate a different part of speech, like momentar(il)y.
According to this paper (PDF) from Phillip Slavin, chicken was one meat that even the peasantry could afford to eat. Although poultry occupied the smallest part of demesne livestock, constituting about two per cent of it (Table 1), its social importance and omnipresence cannot be understated, despite scholarly marginalization. Chicken meat constituted ...
The term cocktail hour has been used in the US to mean the interval before the evening meal during which cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are often served However, this is not limited to beer and light alcoholic beverages, but may include wine or strong spirits as well.
First of all, those statistics from Wikipedia may be a bit misleading, depending on your point of view. What they seem to have done is count every word in a 80,000-word dictionary once, regardless of whether the word is very rare or very frequent. Consider the preceding sentences: -First -of -all, -those +statistics -from -Wikipedia -may -be -a -bit ...
Why spell it connoisseur? You’ve basically answered your own question here. The French word has been spelt connaître for close to two centuries. Connoisseur was borrowed into the English language some time around three centuries ago, when it was spelt that way in French. The fact that French has changed the spelling of the French since does not mean that ...
I don't think "it" refers to anything here. "It's too cute" is an idiomatic expression comparable to "It's raining" or "It's time for dinner"--in both of which the "it" is a nonreferential or dummy pronoun.
Here in Australia it is common to hear it pronounced "kaysh". An american friend of mine pronounces it "cash" and I am always aware that his pronunciation differs from the local norm. I can't recall ever hearing "ka-shay" and I suspect @Bacon Bits is correct that it is a conflation with cachet.
Hercule Poirot is a Belgian and speaks Belgian French. In the television series, David Suchet uses and switches between if you please and s'il vous plaît on a regular basis, and as such wears his civilised foreignness openly. I expect that the Poirot in the books shares the same affectation. So, yes, I do believe that the use of if you please is intentional ...
Government comes from the term govern. From Old French governer, derived from Latin gubernare "to direct, rule, guide, govern", which is derived from the Greek kybernan (to pilot a ship). Don't believe the nonsense you read online. There is precedent that the suffix -ment is derived from the latin mente meaning mind in some languages, particularly Old ...
I think the underlying sentiment is probably the same as the English saying All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, which usually means you need to indulge yourself sometimes.
"If you please" has been found in English at least as far back as 1563 according the OED. c1563 Jyl of Breyntfords Test. sig. B.ii, But tary I pray you all if ye please. So if it ever came from French, it's sure English now.
The term appears to be technology watch: Known as "technology watch", this essentially means gathering and analyzing technological information and using it to help grow your business. Technology watch also costs 5 to 25 times less than intensive internal research, especially when acquiring new equipment. Originally applied only to technology, this ...
You might be looking for the phrase "savoir-faire" also. In English, it mainly means know-how (knowing how to do) but it connotes a knowledge that comes from an expertise as well. From vocabulary.com: The nearest English equivalent of savoir-faire is know-how. But while know-how pertains to nearly all skills, especially practical ones, savoir-faire ...
I’m not sure this is really a good fit for ELU (perhaps better on Linguistics), but here goes anyway. French dent and English tooth share a common ancestor, Proto-Indo-European *(h1)donts (nominative), with the stem *(h1)dent-. Germanic generalised the nominative *o, while Italic (well, Latin anyway) generalised the oblique *e. Latin thus gets dens in the ...
A couple of rather-peripherally-related idioms are neither fish nor fowl and "some of this, some of that", neither of which is as close as Martin Beckett's Curate's egg suggestion, but both of which seem more related than phrases like "six of one, half a dozen of the other". The idiom "mixed bag" meaning #3, "something tending to have both good and bad ...
The OED takes a whack at explaining this as follows: Etymology: app. orig. = invoyes, pl. of invoy, corresp. to 16th c. Fr. envoy (now envoi), f. envoyer to send: cf. Fr. lettre d’envoi letter of consignment, invoice. Inferentially, this derivation is satisfactory, both as to meaning and form. In‑ from Fr. and earlier Eng. en‑ is usual; and the ...
Perhaps this might be relevant to the Cookery SE as well. How about Turkey à la King? As you say, à la means "in the style of". It's reached English and is now subject to English rules, which do not [for the most part] include gender-specific expressions. It doesn't matter whether Gordon Ramsey is male or not: à la is used regardless. Further examples: ...
I would say they are colloquial, but I have always like tad or mite
Fowl and poultry are both used for birds-as-food, although not exclusively. It sounds a bit fancy. So I would say that your assumption is mistaken, because fowl is the normal word for the flesh of birds used for food. The OED’s sense 4a of fowl is indeed “The flesh of birds used for food,” as in the phrase fish, flesh, and fowl. You would probably find ...
"Away boarders!!!!' is a classic cry. Or, "Away all boarders" in US Navy use. Wikipedia - Danile V Gallery - the last man to use it officially. They say: This incident was the last time that the order "Away All Boarders!" was given by a U.S. Navy captain. Lieutenant Albert David, who led the boarding party, received the Medal of Honor for his courage in ...
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