zhwah duh VEE´-vruh (French, ‘joy of living’) Joie de vivre is an extreme enjoyment of life or feeling of happiness about life.
ahn-truh NEW´ (French, ‘between ourselves’) The term entre nous means ‘just between the two of us.’ It is used when a speaker wishes to keep a matter private. • Let’s […]
bahn-ah-MEE´ (from the French bonhomme, ‘good fellow’) Bonhomie is geniality or easy friendliness. Chatting with strangers in an elevator is an example of bonhomie.
rep-er-TEE´ Repartee is quick and witty conversation between two or more people. Like badinage, repartee is a form of verbal sparring, but it lacks the teasing (and semi-insulting nature) of badinage.
sav-wah FAIR´ (French, ‘know-how’) Savoir faire is the ability to act correctly and confidently in any social situation. Those who possess savoir faire have worldly experience and a polished confidence […]
new´-voh REESH´ A nouveau riche is a person who is newly rich and who flaunts his or her money in conspicuous and tasteless ways. Plural: nouveaux riches
gli´-der-AH´-dee The group known as the glitterati consists of fashionable people involved in activities perceived as glamorous, such as show business, fashion, and art. There’s no requirement to be rich, […]
The term the beautiful people refers to the group of wealthy, famous people whose expensive and glamorous lifestyles are well publicized. There’s no requirement to be physically beautiful. Nor is […]
ah-ree-VEEST´ An arriviste is a person who is just beginning to arrive on a social or artistic scene, and who may be viewed as either lacking credentials or as being […]
oat´ burr-zhwah-ZEE´ The haute bourgeoisie is the upper-middle class, especially in France