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

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Penguin UK, Oct 5, 2006 - Humor - 224 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 that the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 154 languages, this intriguing book 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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Adam Jacot's interest in foreign languages was first piqued when doing research for the TV programme QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, and subsequently developed into a full-blown obsession. While compiling this book, he read approximately 220 dictionaries, 150 websites and numerous other books on language.

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