I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World

I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World

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by Jag Bhalla
     
 

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I'm not hanging noodles on your ears. In Moscow, this curious, engagingly colourful assertion is common parlance, but unless you're Russian your reaction is probably "Say what?" The same idea in English is equally odd: "I'm not pulling your leg." Both mean: Believe me. As author Jag Bhalla demonstrates, these amusing, often hilarious phrases provide a unique

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I'm not hanging noodles on your ears. In Moscow, this curious, engagingly colourful assertion is common parlance, but unless you're Russian your reaction is probably "Say what?" The same idea in English is equally odd: "I'm not pulling your leg." Both mean: Believe me. As author Jag Bhalla demonstrates, these amusing, often hilarious phrases provide a unique perspective on how different cultures perceive and describe the world. Organized by theme - food, love, romance, and many more - they embody cultural traditions and attitudes, capture linguistic nuance, and shed fascinating light on "the whole ball of wax." For example, when English-speakers are hard at work, we have our "nose to the grindstone," but industrious Chinese toil "with liver and brains spilled on the ground" and busy Indians have "no time to die." This surprising, often thought-provoking little tome is gift-friendly in appearance, a perfect impulse buy for word lovers, travelers, and anyone else who enjoys looking at life in a riotous, unusual way. And we're not hanging noodles from your ear.

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An "amusing look at cultural similarities"—Will Safire, New York Times

"A delightful celebration of the wit, insight, and poetic genius to be found in everyday language" —Steven Pinker, Harvard University Professor and author of The Stuff of Thought

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426205309
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
949,325
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Jag Bhalla is an amateur idiomologist, amateur inventor, amateur entrepreneur, amateur film maker, and now amateur author.

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I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter who is a creative writer and she found it both amusing and useful in understanding idioms from many different cultures. People from around the world are more alike than different and this book hilights that fact.
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