I Never Knew There Was a Word For It (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Penguin UK, Aug 5, 2010 - Humor - 800 pages
0 Reviews

From 'shotclog', a Yorkshire term for a companion only tolerated because he is paying for the drinks, to Albanian having 29 words to describe different kinds of eyebrows, the languages of the world are full of amazing, amusing and illuminating words and expressions that will improve absolutely everybody's quality of life. All they need is this book!

This bumper volume gathers all three of Adam Jacot de Boinod's acclaimed books about language - The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo (their fans include everyone from Stephen Fry to Michael Palin) - into one highly entertaining, keenly priced compendium. As Mariella Frostup said 'You'll never be lost for words again!'

  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - dorin.budusan - LibraryThing

Although I didn't read all of it, it's a really funny book, from which you will learn a lot of funny words and all kinds of languages, words that you will probably never use. Read full review

Review: I Never Knew There Was a Word for It

User Review  - Dorin Budusan - Goodreads

Although I didn't read all of it, it's a really funny book, from which you will learn a lot of funny words and all kinds of languages, words that you will probably never use. Read full review

Contents

Miss Manners
Slow Food
My mouth is lonely
Restaurant review
Too many cooks spoil the broth
15 One for the Road
The milky way
To your good health?

Tittletattle
The unspeakable
and the unutterable
Fare well
An Arabian goodbye
From Top to Toe
or use your nut
Greek faceslapping
Windows of the soul
A real mouthful
Albanian face fungus
Bearded wonder
Teething troubles
Armless in Nicaragua
Legging it
Skin deep
English clothing
Movers and Shakers
Walking in Zimbabwe
Ups
False friends
When it all goes horribly wrong
Dropping off
Back as forth
Getting Around
Set of wheels
Road rage
False friends
Separatist
It Takes All Sorts
Fawning
Pariah
Otherwise engaged
Manic obsessive
False friends
Schlumps and schleppers
All talk
Indonesian two in one
Happy talk
Enraptured
Weltschmerz
Seeing red
Falling in Love
The rules of attraction
and of repulsion
The direct approach
Commitmentphobe
Reality check
Love for sale
Penis dialogues
and for many
Thumbs up
The Family Circle
Trouble and strife
Yang
Family matters
One cure for adultery
False friends
Tahitian taio
Parental ambitions
Bukumatala
Him blong Missy Kween
Clocking On
The daily grind
and stick
The deal
On the take
Spongers
What is yours is mine
A life of crime
Executive essentials
Time Off
Frozen walrus carcass
The beautiful game
Fingers crossed
The competitive streak
Twirling
Clubbing
The arts
Married in a brothel
Eating and Drinking
Global gastronomy
Menu envy
Bon appetit
Snap crackle pop
Hawaiian bananas
Postprandial
Quenched
Plastered
A useful excuse
Below Par
Bless you
Falling ill
False friends
Vowelless
From Cradle to Grave
Birth pains
Birthing partner
Boys and girls
Midlife crisis
The final reckoning
Last rites
Otherworldly
Spooked in Sumatra
Looking into the future
False friends
The short of it
All Creatures Great and Small
Dragons head
Ships of the desert
Horses for courses
Hopping mad
Peacocks tails
Two Persian tricks
The flying squad
Spellcheck nightmare
Whatever the Weather
Meteorological metaphors
Those words for snow
False friends
Highland mist
My underground oven
Answers
Hearing Things
Making a splash
Ding dong
Sounds Japanese
Sounds familiar
Top ten
Seeing Things
Welsh blues
Thai dress code
Polyglossary
Number Crunching
Counting in old China
Doubledigit growth
Expressed numerically
Take your time
Elevenses
The Micmac calendar
False friends
Tea time
Halcyon days
Stages of the Hawaiian moon
Process of elimination
Whats in a Name?
Eyes like hard porridge
Silent foreigners
Skin and buttocks
First person singular
Grand capital of the world
A to Y
Toujours Tingo
How is your nose?
Tonguetied
Whats in a name?
Keeping in touch
Tower of Babble
Q and A
Mhm mmm
Its all Greek to me
2The Human Condition
False friends
Obligation
Hat over the windmill
Number one
Nose in the clouds
Sucking up
Salt in the pumpkin
A piece of bread
A leopard cannot change its spots
3 Emotional Intelligence
In the coal cellar
False friends
Smiley
Teehee
Worrywart
No balls
Spider on the ceiling
4 Social Animals
Hermit
False friends
Afterparties
Wiggle your bucket
Duck feet
National anthems
Have your cake and eat it
5Having an Argument
Being difficult
Looking for the hair
Cracking up
Mexican rage
Get lost
Angerhair
The blame game
The female is the deadlier
The pot calling the kettle black
6 The Rules of Attraction
Like a motorway
Double take
Diving fish swooping geese
Double Valentine
Hit by a basket
Gooseberry
Seeyouhome wolf
No sweat
Mouth relaxation
The little death
In Rome love will come to you suddenly
Thanks for the treat
Once bitten twice shy
7Family Ties
Objecting
Camel life
Bare branches
Regular footing
Apron strings
Green hat
Threes a crowd
Workbox or housewife
Dirt on the nest
Auntie
Family tree
8 Kids
Warped
A mark of frustration
Breast water
Babygrow
A desk job
Cuckoo
Impossible child
Junken a munken
My sisters toenails look like my grandfathers
Learning curve
Target practice
Hanging out
9 Body Beautiful
False friends
Lippy
Trouble gum
Long teeth
Bewitching
Lughole
Octopus monk
Wellarmed
Japanese birthdays
Digital
Doigt de seigneur
Peppers and Parasols
Bum deal
Milk bottles
Bacon buoy
10 Dressed to Kill
False friends
Frigate
Ugly beautiful
Sails set
Handmedowns
Fashionista
So village
Dont judge a book by its cover
11 Stretching Your Legs
Presiding
Enviable
Pedestrian
False friends
Beard in the postbox
12 Upping Sticks
Reindeers piss
False friends
Wire donkey
Highway code
Jesuss magimix
Empty trip
To beat about the bush
13 Home Sweet Home
Location location location
False friends
Dutch decor
Frog in a well
Toilet museum
Crumb thief
To make a mountain out of a molehill
14Dinner Time
My tapeworm is talking
Stirring it up
Dead dog
Cabbage or cheese
Say cheese
Vodka vocabulary
False friends
Under the monkey
The morning after
Dont cry over spilt milk
16 All in a Days Work
Point blank
Dodo
Eel dribbling
Angel makers
False friends
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism
Horn diggers
Mice milkers
Jobsworth
Promises promises
Counting the stars
Sell out
Bad workman blames his tools
17 Game Theory
Slow start
False friends
Aggro
The sound of your heart racing
Taking a dip
Dizzy dancing
Suits and tricks
One is fun
Drooping tongue
Staying up
18 Animal Magic
The great rat with a pocket
Fluttering and kicking
Scratch chew tear beat
Wriggle wriggle
Tucked away
Wa
Commanding
Aw aw
How to count on your chickens
Roofgutter rabbit
Moo
Flying low
19 Climate Change
Suns up
Heat haze
False friends
In a flood
You fish on your side
Coucher de soleil
Its raining cats and dogs
20 The Root of All Evil
Cutting gold
Gifted
Its the thought that counts
False friends
Stall
Red shells out white shells back
Onearmed bandit
Retail therapy
As easy as falling off a log
21 The Criminal Life
False friends
Lost in translation
Kindling
Descending spiders
Radish with glasses
When crimes go wrong
Pig box
As thick as thieves
22 Realpolitik
A gift
Changing shirts
Muffled
Tail between legs
Talk box
War elephants
Heroes
War trophies
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
23 From Better to Hearse
Peaky
Sweating carrots
Docteur docteur
Hex
Corpse in the middle
Curtains
A thousand cuts
Stiff
Feet first
Funeral crashers
Hex revenge
24 The Great Beyond
Just a jealous guy
Holy cockerel
Broken sewing needles
On a hedgehogs back
Charismatic
Whistling in the wind
The crystal ball
When pigs fly
The Wonder of Whiffling
DOG AND BONE
SNAIL MAIL
GR8
A LITTLE SOMETHING
DIGNITY AND PRIDE
ALL RIGHT MATE?
SMOOTH CUSTOMER
CLEVER CLOGS
MANNER OF SPEAKING
WORD JOURNEYS
  STICKYBEAK  Character
LOOSE KANGAROOS
MEN OF STRAW
TWO GENTLEMEN
YUPPIES
REGULAR GUY
WORD JOURNEYS
GOING POSTALEmotions
JESUS WEPT
BRING ME SUNSHINE
HA HA BONK
WORD JOURNEYS
  TWIDDLEDIDDLES  Body language
MODEL FIGURES
NIP AND TUCK
FACE FUNGUS
SNIFFER
PEEPERS
GNASHERS
BOTTLING IT
SINISTER
JOHN THOMAS
LEGS ELEVEN
  PRICKMEDAINTY  Clothes
SKIMPIES
TREWS
KITTED OUT
REBELS IN BOATERS
TOPPING
 GOING WEST Illness death and spiritual matters
ELF WARNING
DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
GOD KNOWS
LAST WORDS
DEATH BY HONEY
DUST TO DUST
ELYSIAN FIELDS
GODS IN HIS HEAVEN
THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE
  SLAPSAUCE  Food
KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL
GIVE AND TAKE AND EAT IT RHYMING SLANG
PLUS ONE
POSTPRANDIAL
WORD JOURNEYS
CRAMBAZZLEDDrink
MINES A NIPPITATUM
ON THE NAIL
LAST GASPER
SPEAKEASY
TWO TOO MANY
WORD JOURNEYS
FOOTERFOOTERTaking off
BONEBREAKER
GO CART
TICKET TO RIDE
GRICERS DAUGHTER
ELSEWHERE
 MUTTONERS AND 
SECONDS AWAY
OVER AND OUT
TOUCHÉ
TOUR DE FRANCE
COLORADO CLIFFHANGER
WORD JOURNEYS
  RUBBYDUBBY  Country pursuits
TALLY HO
GAME ON
GETTING HOOKED
GIFT HORSES
ODDS ON
VERY GOOD GOING
    MADHOUSE    Indoor games and hobbies
DICEMAN
FEVVERS
POKER FACE
FULL HOUSE
HIGH STAKES
MONTE CARLO OR BUST
ANORAKS
WORD JOURNEYS
 MUSH FAKERS AND 
COLOUR CODED
ELBOW GREASE
BRAINSTORMING
PUSHING THE ENVELOPE
THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY OFFICE ACRONYMS
ROOM AT THE TOP
THE SACK
MY OLD MANS A
WIDOWS AND ORPHANS
THE READIES
WORD JOURNEYS
  BULK AND FILE  Crime and punishment
MY DEAR FELLOW
NOT QUITE MY COLOUR
PANHANDLER
ARTFUL DODGERS
OLD BILL
BAD APPLES
PETTIFOGGERS
PORRIDGE
CLEAN SHIRT
WORD JOURNEYS
  BUNTING TIME  Matters of love
ZEPPELINS
HUNTER DITHERERS
DELIGHTFUL
CHEAP DATE
COUNTRY LOVING
ALL LOVED UP
DROIT DE SEIGNEUR
WORD JOURNEYS
  WITTOLS AND  
IN THE PAPERS
VIRAGO
UP THE DUFF
PRIVATE VIEWS
CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK
EARLY PROMISE
COLTISH
MANNERS MAKYTH MAN
JUST MISSED A GEOFF
WORD JOURNEYS
  OYSTER PARTS  Culture
PENMEN
ARE YOU WORKING?
AGAIN FROM THE TOP
LIGHTS UP
BUMS ON SEATS
MORE WHIFFLE
ROCK FOLLIES
WORD JOURNEYS
DIMBOX AND
GOING REGIMENTAL
YELLOWBELLY
WEIGHING ANCHOR
SHOCK AND AWE
PANCAKE SERVICES WATCHWORDS
POLITICOS
TWO CHEERS FOR DEMOCRACY
WORD JOURNEYS
  SCURRYFUNGE  Domestic life
BRIGHT LIGHTS
SOILED BY ASSOCIATION
HOUSEPROUD
HOUSEWARMING
THE THREE NIGHT RULE
BEDDYBYES
  AW WHOOP  Animals
PRANCERS AND DOBBINS
LAND OF THE LONG WHITE FLEECE
FOWL PLAY
GREAT AND SMALL
YELLS BELLS
PEN AND INK
RSPCA
   SWALLOCKY   Rural life and weather
FIGHTING FOR THE CLAICK
GREEN FINGERS
BOSKY
THE RAIN IT RAINETH EVERYDAY
BLOWN AWAY
SNOW ON THE LINE
WORD JOURNEYS
  FEELIMAGEERIES  Paraphernalia
ROUGHLY SPEAKING
COUNTING SHEEP
WHO WANTS TO BE A VIGINTILLIONAIRE?
YOUR NUMBERS UP
PALINDROMES
TINCTURE
UP BETIMES
THINGUMMY
WORD JOURNEYS
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Adam Jacot de Boinod, hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots, is a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of - sometimes useless - objects). He trawled the languages of the world for exotic specimens in his bestselling books The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and hit follow-up Toujours Tingo.

Bibliographic information