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Biting the Wax Tadpole By Elizabeth Little

Biting the Wax Tadpole by Elizabeth Little

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Brings you the best bizarre quirks of the ways people communicate around the globe. The author wades through innumerable verb tables in various available moods and tenses, untangled up to eighteen cases of noun, and wrestled with various kinds of complicated adjective, participles and glottal stops.

Biting the Wax Tadpole Summary

Biting the Wax Tadpole: Misadventures of an Armchair Linguist by Elizabeth Little

What can Johnny Cash's lyrics teach us about the little-known Tangut dialect? Is 'tabernacle' really a swear word in Quebecois? Which language has absolutely no verbs? What is Earth's politest insult? And what is biting the wax tadpole actually a translation of? Prepare for a hilarious rollercoaster ride through hundreds of well-known, obscure, difficult, dead and even made-up languages.Elizabeth Little has waded through innumerable verb tables in every available mood and tense, untangled up to eighteen cases of noun, and wrestled with all kinds of complicated adjective, participles and glottal stops to bring you the best and most bizarre quirks of the ways people communicate all around the globe. From the language that has no different word for 'blue' or 'green', to why Icelanders need official permission to name their children, from what makes a Korean TV hit to what people might think you're saying if you order eggs in Spain, "Biting the Wax Tadpole" will ensure you're never lost for words again. Coca-Cola, would you believe it?

About Elizabeth Little

Elizabeth Little is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times. This is her first book.

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GOR003780612
9780141036441
0141036443
Biting the Wax Tadpole: Misadventures of an Armchair Linguist by Elizabeth Little
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2008-06-05
208
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