A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. by Dave Eggers

The Meaning of Tingo - And Other Extraordinary Words From Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod

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Did you know that people in Bolivia have a word that means 'I was rather too drunk last night and it's all their fault'?Or that the Albanians have twenty-seven words for moustache?Or that the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren?Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 280 languages, this intriguing book is arranged by theme so that 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 pana po'o in Hawaiian - to scratch your head in order to remember something important), but also those that sound confusingly the same (gin in Turkish means to dry out). Oh, and tingo is a Pascuense word from the Easter Islands meaning 'to borrow things from a friend's house one by one until there's nothing left'. This 2005 Penguin Books Ltd Hardback is in Very Good condition.

ISBN: 9780140515619 SKU: 1153292 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.