Brain Teaser – Foreign Phrases

The English language has borrowed many phrases from foreign languages. Can you supply the meaning of these foreign phrases which have been taken into English? Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. Hors d’oeuvre.

2. Table d’hôte.

3. Carte blanche.

4. In loco parentis.

5. Bric-a-brac.

6. Bête noire.

7. Caveat emptor.

8. Art nouveau.

9. Rara avis.

10. Noblesse oblige.

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (


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