je ne sais quoi


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je ne sais quoi

A positive or pleasant quality that is difficult to define. This French phrase translates to "I don't know what" in English. She had a certain je ne sais quoi that men found quite attractive.
See also: Ne

ˌje ne sais ˈquoi

/%Z@ n@ seI "kwA:/ (from French, often humorous) a good quality that is difficult to describe: He has that je ne sais quoi that distinguishes a professional from an amateur.It has a certain je ne sais quoi that really appeals to me.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘I do not know what’.
See also: Ne
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Club Med has rebranded itself in recent years, moving literally and metaphorically from its simple but innovative '60s formula: European sun, sea, sand and je ne sais quoi for grown-ups escaping from children or oldies (then defined as anyone over the age of 30).
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This unsayable has a number of names: sprezzatura, galanterie, honnetete, and the term that gestures most explicitly towards its own incapacity to define that for which definition itself would be fatal: je ne sais quoi. Richard Scholar's book is a cheerful and exhaustive attempt to describe this phenomenon, readily--and consciously--embracing its inarticulability even while exploring nearly every corner of its territory.
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For those of us who left, for whatever the reasons (and there were many), there was a profound loss of identity, fellowship, spiritual and fiscal security, a sense of being an integral part of the church, and that indefinable je ne sais quoi identified by Ginny Cunningham as the "nun network." It is true that some communities do not isolate their former members and they are to be commended for not participating in that all-too-common shunning many of us have experienced.
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It doesn't come down to je ne sais quoi, joie de vivre or any other fancy French term, it comes down to something intrinsically English - BOTTLE.
Besides wages, a worker also obtains "amenities" from a job: intangible benefits such as the enjoyment of a good workplace environment, pleasant working conditions, a certain cachet, or some other je ne sais quoi.
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Understandably, while the author does not develop his other characters with the same profundity, he nevertheless reveals them as truly unique individuals: the victim's mildly schizoid German mother, her German boyfriend who teaches scuba diving, an assortment of island lowlifes who speak with authentic Canary Island dialects, a fifteen-year-old nymphet named Desiree with the nostalgic seductiveness of Nabokov's Lolita, and a bisexual female criminal Investigator who frequents nudist beaches and who has a certain je ne sais quoi that drives Vila crazy with lust.