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The Meaning of Tingo - Adam Jacot de Boinod

The Meaning of Tingo - 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'.

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Binding: Hardback

Number of Pages: 224

Year Published: 2005

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780140515619

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