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

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Curiosities and wonders - 209 pages
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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 the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? 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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Review: The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World

User Review  - Wythe Marschall - Goodreads

Unreadable. Such a good idea; so poorly executed. The book is a series of meaningless, randomly ordered lists. C'est la vie, cela écrit. You can often invent the most fabulous idea only to fail later, in research, in boldness, in the poetry of your prose. I commend the originary thought, at least. Read full review

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

User Review  - Cj - Goodreads

Oy, the joys of the untranslatable translated! Or perhaps it isn't words so much that are beyond explanation, but the concepts and culture they encoil. Without words, we haven't got the receptacles ... Read full review

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