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    'Sans' used in English

    I know the word 'sans' as meaning 'without' in French, but I have come across it a number of times; actually I use it myself, quite often. Is it okay to use it? For example, ' I did it sans by boss' permission anyway'.


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    Smile To Agnes

    I think yours is a very easy way of including French in our colloquial language. Keep it

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    Re: 'Sans' used in English

    sans + noun phrase

    Ex: ...sans my boss' permission...

    All the best.

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    Welcome, Nilanjana.

    English has borrowed a great deal from the French language. Here's an example of how English would look sans French: Click here

    All the best.

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    Re: To Agnes

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Welcome, Nilanjana.

    English has borrowed a great deal from the French language. Here's an example of how English would look sans French: Click here

    All the best.
    So, you are telling me that it is okay? Even when I have to submit, say, an essay? Or is it just colloquial as Nilanjana puts it?

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    Re: To Agnes

    sans definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta says, "archaic or literary or humorous"; e.g., looking forward to a well-earned break sans children.

    Sans - OneLook Dictionary Search says, "Rarely used as an English word."

    AllRefer.com - sans Information has no comment.

    sans - definition of sans by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. has no comment.

    sans - yourDictionary.com - American Heritage Dictionary has no comment.

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    Re: To Agnes

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    sans definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta says, "archaic or literary or humorous"; e.g., looking forward to a well-earned break sans children.

    Sans - OneLook Dictionary Search says, "Rarely used as an English word."

    AllRefer.com - sans Information has no comment.

    sans - definition of sans by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. has no comment.

    sans - yourDictionary.com - American Heritage Dictionary has no comment.
    Thank you!!

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    Re: 'Sans' used in English

    Fine. It's probably a bit literary (Shakespeare used it) but it's quite common - perhaps in a slightly academic context. I certainly use it - and pronounce it /sśnz/.

    (There's a specialist usage that - because of computer font names - is introducing it to a wider audience; it refers to a sort of typeface that doesn't use serifs [such as this, rather than this]: 'Comic Sans' is the most obvious, but there are others. People will say things like '...a sans font such as Helvetica'.)

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    Re: 'Sans' used in English

    I hear it used quite often in English, usually if someone is emphasizing a point.

    My husband often uses it, in fact. For example, we're packing for a trip, and I suggest that this time we bring the cat with us. "No," he'll reply. "We are not taking the cat. We are traveling catless. No pets. We will be sans feline."

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    Re: 'Sans' used in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    I hear it used quite often in English, usually if someone is emphasizing a point.

    My husband often uses it, in fact. For example, we're packing for a trip, and I suggest that this time we bring the cat with us. "No," he'll reply. "We are not taking the cat. We are traveling catless. No pets. We will be sans feline."
    I guess with time it will grow roots in all dictionaries!!

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