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Meaning of Tingo

And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World

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The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod
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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'.

Author Biography

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.
Release date NZ
October 5th, 2006
Contributor
Illustrated by Sandra Howgate
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Pages
224
Dimensions
110x160x17
ISBN-13
9780141021980
Product ID
1674789

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