Spelling Enthusiast

Ever since high school, I’m just fascinated with words. Not just words but spelling them, too, and correctly. So when I became a part of the Academic Team of our department during my college days, I was so happy that spelling is one of the categories of the Quiz Bee we join annually as part of the foundation week celebration of my Alma Mater.

So today, I will share to you 10 French words and phrases you can add to your vocabulary. Who knows? Maybe this list will come in handy in the future.

ABATJOUR
Pronunciation: [ah-bah-zhoo r; Fr. a-ba-zhoor]
Noun: A device, as a skylight or reflector, for diverting light into a building.

BRIOCHE
Pronunciation: (br -ôsh , – sh )
Noun: A soft, light-textured bread made from eggs, butter, flour, and yeast and formed into a roll or a bun.

FOLIE À DEUX
Pronunciation: \fȯ-lē-ä-ˈdœ, ˌfä-lē-ˌä-ˈdə(r)\
Noun: The presence of the same or similar delusional ideas in two persons closely associated with one another.

HORS D’OEUVRE
Pronunciation: [awr du-vruh]
Noun: An appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as the first course of a meal.

JOIE DE VIVRE
Pronunciation: [zhwaduh vee-vruh]
Noun: A delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.

OBJET D’ART
Pronunciation: \ˌȯb-ˌzhā-ˈdär\
Noun: A small object that is valued because it is beautiful or interesting: an object that has artistic value.

PAS DE BOURRÉE
Pronunciation: \ˌpä-də-bu̇-ˈrā\
Noun: A walking or running ballet step usually executed on the points of the toes.

POT-AU-FEU
Pronunciation: \ˌpät-ō-ˈfə(r), pȯ-tō-ˈfœ\
Noun: A French boiled dinner of meat and vegetables.

RAFRAICHISSOIR
Pronunciation: ra-fre-shee-swar
Noun: A table of the 18th century having a cooler for bottles and shelves for plates.

VICHYSSOISE
Pronunciation: /ˌviːʃiːˈswɑːz/
Noun: a soup made with potatoes, leeks, and cream and typically served chill.

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