Posted by Bob on November 19, 2001

In Reply to: French? posted by Tiko on November 19, 2001

: "Vis a vis" I think it's a French phrase. But I've heard Americans use it many times.

Literally French. "Face to face." That is, directly compared with.

But... in such widespread use in English-speaking countries, for so long... when is it no longer French? This phrase would be on the cusp of adoption. I suspect in 40 or 50 years, it will be English.

See also - other French phrases in English.