What Are Some Commonly Used French Words?


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There are several French words and expressions that have made their way into common English usage, such as "adieu," "à la carte," "à la mode," "avant-garde" and "bon voyage." The frequent English usage of some of these words has caused their pronunciation to become more or less anglicized.

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What Are Some Commonly Used French Words?
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"Adieu" literally translates as "until God," and it serves as a farewell when the parties doubt any future encounters. "Bon Voyage" translates as "good trip," and also functions as an expression of farewell. "Avant-garde," or "before guard," is a way to designate the innovative, while "à la carte" is a way to request side orders. "A la mode" technically means "in fashion," but English speakers connect it with ice cream instead.

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