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

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

by Adam Jacot de Boinod

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The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod

Did you know that in Hungary, pigs go rof-rof-rof, but in Japan they go boo boo boo? That there’s apparently the need in Bolivia for a word that means "I was rather too drunk last night but it was all their fault"? Adam Jacot de Boinod's book on extraordinary words from around the world will give you the definitions and phrases you need to make friends in every culture. A true writer's resource and the perfect gift for linguists, librarians, logophiles, and international jet-setters.

While there’s no guarantee you’ll never pana po’o again (Hawaiian for "scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten"), or mingmu (Chinese  for "die without regret"), at least you’ll know what tingo means, and that’s a start.
 
“A book no well-stocked bookshelf, cistern top or handbag should be without. At last we know those Eskimo words for snow and how the Dutch render the sound of Rice Krispies. Adam Jacot de Boinod has produced an absolutely delicious little book: It goes Pif! Paf! Pouf! Cric! Crac! Croc! and Knisper! Knasper! Knusper! on every page.”—Stephen Fry

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101201299
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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