The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Adam Jacot de Boinod

The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World

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Publication date: February 2007
ISBN: 9781101201299
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Viva Tingo! The ideal bathroom browse book, and a divine gift for the word-obsessed: a funny, amazing, and even profound world tour of the best of all those strange words that don't have a precise English equivalent, the ones that tell us so much about other cultures' priorities and preoccupations, and expand our minds. Did you know that people in Bolivia have a word that means 'I was rather too drunk last night and it's all their fault'? That there's no Italian equivalent for the word 'blue'? That the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? This delightful book, which draws on the collective wisdom of over 254 languages, includes not only those words for which there is no direct counterpart in English (pana po'o in Hawaiian means to scratch your head in order to remember something important), but also a frank discussion of exactly how many Eskimo words there are for snow and the longest known palindrome in any language (saippuakivikauppias – Finland). And alright, finally, what in fact is "tingo," you ask? In the Pascuense language of Easter Island, it's to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by asking to borrow them. Well of course it is. We will publish as an ingenious and irresistible little Schott's Miscelleny/Eats Shoots and Leaves-type design intensive hardcover, with piquant b&w illustrations throughout.
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