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The Meaning of Tingo By Adam Jacot de Boinod

The Meaning of Tingo
by Adam Jacot de Boinod

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Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 154 languages, this book is arranged by theme to help you compare attitudes all over the world to such subjects as food, the human body and the battle of the sexes. It also includes a discussion of how many Eskimo' terms there are for snow, and an array of information exploring the strange world of words.
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The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod

Did you know that people in Indonesia have a word that means to take off your clothes in order to dance'? Or how many words the Albanians have for eyebrows and moustaches? Or that the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 154 languages, this intriguing book is arranged by theme so you can compare attitudes all over the world to such subjects as food, the human body and the battle of the sexes. Here, you can find not only those words for which there is no direct counterpart in English (such as the Japanese age-otori which means looking less attractive after a haircut), but also a frank discussion of exactly how many Eskimo' terms there are for snow, and a vast array of information exploring the wonderful and often downright strange world of words. Oh, and tingo means 'to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by asking to borrow them'.

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The Meaning of Tingo Reviews


At last we know those Eskimo words for snow and how the Dutch render the sound of Rice Krispies. Adam Jacot de Boinod has produced an absolutely delicious little book. (Stephen Fry, author of "Ode Less Traveled")

About Adam Jacot de Boinod


Adam Jacot's interest in foreign languages was first piqued when doing research for the TV programme QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, and subsequently developed into a full-blown obsession. While compiling this book, he read approximately 220 dictionaries, 150 websites and numerous other books on language.

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GOR001080995
The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod
Adam Jacot de Boinod
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2006-10-05
224
0141021985
9780141021980
N/A
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