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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (November 26, 2007)

More Foreign Expressions in English

Last week, I looked at two foreign expressions, Ad hoc and Per se.

Here are the second two interesting expressions you might like to include in your writing.

De facto:

Another interesting expression taken from Latin it may mean "in fact, in reality, in actual existence, force, or possession, as a matter of fact."—from the Oxford English Dictionary.

E.g., "He was the de facto captain of the team, although he had never been elected to the position."

Status quo:

Another Latin expression that means, "The existing state of affairs."—OED

E.g., "We can no longer tolerate the status quo when it comes to climate change."


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