In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Social Science - 128 pages
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When ideas fail, words come in handy. But sometimes you can't find the right word, and what you want to say can't be found in the dictionary. English has its limitations, but the expression you're searching for may exist in another language. In Other Words is a unique collection of well-known and absolutely obscure "untranslatables"-linguistic gems that convey a feeling or notion with satisfying precision yet resist simple translation.

This quirky lexicon of hard-to-translate words gives the reader a new way to look at the world and how words relate to us. The words are arranged by region or country of origin, and a brief introduction to each section-each done by a respected translator-gives insight into the culture of the people as well as the language. Each of these singular words is cleverly and thoroughly defined, with interesting details and references throughout. The search for that elusive mot juste may be over.
  

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Review: In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

A big thank you to Tina for giving me this book. I have loved reading each and every word and someday I hope to find a way to include all of them into my own writing. Language is fascinating because ... Read full review

Review: In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World

User Review  - Dan Pollard - Goodreads

For anyone with a minor interest to majorly obsessive fascination in etymology. This book really shows how expressive you can be in other languages, on levels unimaginable in English. Some words give ... Read full review

Contents

Western European Languages
16
Eastern European Languages
40
Yiddish Language
50
Middle Eastern Languages
66
African Languages
76
Ancient and Classical Languages
98
Indigenous Languages
114
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About the author (2009)

Christopher J. Moore holds degrees in modern languages and linguistics. He is the author of several books, including a major anthology of Gaelic oral poetry. He lives in France and Spain.

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