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  • "There is a peculiar high-bred grace about us," I whisper to Lady Kicklebury, "an aristocratic je ne scais quoi, which is not to be found in any but Englishmen; and it is that which makes us so immensely liked and admired all over the Continent."

    The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh

  • Many niche apparel sites direct their models to evoke just-off-the-street charm with a touch of je ne sais quoi - in other words, be "relatable," but not a bore as opposed to the unrelentingly cheery models on the website of a department store like Macy's.

    The Seattle Times

  • If you're like me, you've seen some great Valentine's Day cards in your day, but they've always been missing a certain je ne sais quoi, which is French for "ventriloquism."

    Comedy Central Insider Blog

  • “an aristocratic je ne scais quoi, which is not to be found in any but Englishmen; and it is that which makes us so immensely liked and admired all over the Continent.”

    The Kickleburys on the Rhine

  • The only thing I'm good at doing is throwing in "quoi" at the end of a phrase while I think of the next thing to say.

    A woh, two, three

  • It looks just as good as an original, except it doesn’t have that je en sais quoi, which is French for “needles in the rug six months later.”

    Dec. 14: Goodbye! Maybe. Or not. Sigh. – The Bleat.

  • And when I said the Communists, I meant the Russian ones under Stalin - undeniably evil bastards, but just lacked that sartorial je ne sais quoi which is why they never starred in any Indiana Jones movies and such like!

    The Nazis : Dressed To Kill

  • Ah, that je ne sais quoi , the elusiveness of simplicity that we all work so hard to achieve.

    That Garden Je Ne Sais Quoi

  • They have a certain je ne sais quoi we won't ever understand.

    Louise McCready: La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life

  • They have a certain je ne sais quoi we won't ever understand.

    Louise McCready: La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life

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