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De Ja Vu
an impression of having "already seen" or experienced something before
Faux pas
a social blunder
Du jour
of the day
Femme fatal
A French word for a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous situations
Esprit de corps
Sense of unity
word for word
E pluribus unum
out of many, one
prima donna
a vain and temperamental person
Bon Voyage
have a good trip
Alma mater
your alma mater is a school you graduated from
cum laude
with honor
Avant garde
Advanced group in any field
Status quo
the existing condition or state of affairs
Joie de vivre
joy of living
carte blanche
authority with no bounds
Caveat emptor
let the buyer beware
Alpha and Omega
the beginning and the end
tabuela rosa
a mind not yet affected by experiences: impressions
hoi polloi
the common people; the masses
Ad nauseam
to a sickening or disgusting degree
Carpe diem
seize the day
Tempus fugit
time flies
C'est la vie
that's life
Bona fide
Authentic; true
savior faire
the ability to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence
non sequitur
not logical
i'd est
in other words
Enfant terrible
a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
Terra firma
solid earth; firm ground
Vox populi
voice of the people
Ad hoc
for or concerned with one specific purpose
Cause Celebre
any incident that attracts great public attention
Magnum opus
the greatest work of an artist, writer, or composer
Persona non grata
an unwelcome person
Quid pro quo
this for that
je ne sais quoi
i don't know what
modus operandi
method of operation
Nom de plume
pen name; pseudonym
Haute couture
"high fashion" - Original, individually designed pieces
Mea culpa
an acknowledgment of your error or guilt