OK, I know that the English language borrows from other languages, but this is going too far. What's wrong with just plain "thing"?! Let us not take on airs and affectations. We've stepped over the line, and the ominous threat exists-- perhaps society will become more cultured because of it.
Eh, I doubt it. That might've been plausible in the Victorian Age when everybody wished they were European, but now?