The English are notoriously bad at learning foreign languages, this is what
they do instead – create funny phrases.


Ten Cool Foreign Words – And Their New

These funnies were spotted in magazine competition; competitors were
asked to change one letter in a foreign phrases and then redefine the

  1. Harley-Vous Francais? – Can you drive a French motorcycle?
  2. Haste Cuisine – French fast food.
  3. Posh Mortem – Aristocratic deaths.
  4. Felix Navidad – My cat has a boat.
  5. Merci rien- Thanks for nothing.
  6. Quip pro quo – A very fast reply.
  7. Veni, Vidi, Vice – I came, I saw, I was naughty.
  8. Ich liebe rich – I’d love to have lots of money.
  9. Amicus Puriae – A platonic friend.
  10. Respondez s’il vous plaid – Only come to the party in a kilt.

What The Cool
Foreign Words Were Meant to Say

  1. Parlez-vous Francais – Do you speak French?  (Harley as in
    Harley-Davidson motorbike.)
  2. Haute Cuisine – Translates from the French
    literally as “high cooking” it refers to quality cooking in good restaurants
  3. Post Mortem – Latin for autopsy – to examine a
    body after death
  4. Feliz Navidad – Happy Christmas to Spanish
    speakers worldwide
  5. Merci bien – Thank you in French – “rien” the French for nothing
  6. Quid pro quo – From the Latin “something for something” – an equal exchange
    of goods or services
  7. Vene, Vedi, Vici – I came, I saw, I conquered – words
    attributed to Julius Caesar.
  8. Ich
    liebe dich – I love you in German
  9. Amicus curiae is a legal Latin
    phrase, literally translated as “friend of the court”.
  10. RSVP – Please reply  (Answer in French!)

Competition – Funny Meaning to Ordinary Words

Every year the Washington Post asks its readers
to dream up alternative, yet cool meanings for ordinary words.  Here are examples:

  • Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk
  • Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
  • Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
  • Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you
    are running late.
  • Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.
  • See more funny examples
    of Neologism

Clever Yet Cool Phrases

  • Poultry in motion: A chicken crossing the road
  • Acupuncture: A jab well done.
  • If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.
  • When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.
  • Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead the dough basis.
  • See more clever wise words


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