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  - senboo - Goodreads

The idea is really nice and all, some of the words are actually very funny and after five years of ancient greek I can believe to any kind of stuff. But the italian words — and I can testify as a ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jacob Lines - Goodreads

You've heard of words in other languages that supposedly can't be translated, or words that we don't have a word for? This book has lots of those. I don't know if the Bassa language in Liberia really ... Read full review

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