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

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

Adam Jacot de Boinod


A backyard of delights for the note obsessed: a humorous, notable, or even profound global travel of the simplest of all these unusual phrases that do not have an actual English similar, those that let us know lots approximately different cultures' priorities and preoccupations and extend our minds.

were you aware that folks in Bolivia have a notice that suggests "I was once really too inebriated final evening and it is all their fault"? that there is no Italian an identical for the observe "blue"? That the Dutch note for skimming stones is "plimpplamppletteren"? This pleasant e-book, which pulls at the collective knowledge of greater than 254 languages, contains not just these phrases for which there's no direct counterpart in English ("pana po'o" in Hawaiian skill to scratch your head as a way to be mindful whatever important), but additionally a frank dialogue of precisely what percentage Eskimo phrases there are for snow and the longest identified palindrome in any language ("saippuakivikauppias"--Finland).

And very well, what in reality is "tingo"? within the Pascuense language of Easter Island, it is to take all of the items one wants from the home of a pal, one after the other, by way of asking to borrow them. good, of course it really is. stronger by way of its inventive and impossible to resist little Schott's Miscellany/Eats Shoots and Leaves package deal and piquant black-and-white illustrations all through, The that means of Tingo is a heady banquet for observe fans of all persuasions. Viva Tingo!

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