- Tapa blanda: 224 páginas
- Editor: Penguin (5 de octubre de 2006)
- Colección: Penguin Pockets
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0141021985
- ISBN-13: 978-0141021980
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº105.695 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World (Penguin Pockets) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 5 oct 2006
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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. (Stephen Fry, author of "Ode Less Traveled")
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Did you know that people in Indonesia have a word that means 'to take off your clothes in order to dance'? Or how many words the Albanians have for eyebrows and moustaches? Or that the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 154 languages, this intriguing book is arranged by theme so 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 the Japanese age-otori which means looking less attractive after a haircut), but also a frank discussion of exactly how many 'Eskimo' terms there are for snow, and a vast array of information exploring the wonderful and often downright strange world of words. Oh, and tingo means 'to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by asking to borrow them'.Ver Descripción del producto
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A lot of these are the kinds of things that are like trivia that you'll be telling your friends
at a party - or maybe using to describe some crazy situation.
I only had time to read a few pages so I ordered a copy through Amazon. Very enjoyable.
But, sit and giggle, or sit and gasp with horror, the book is a fascinating collection of words from around the world. You may even be so taken with a few that you will write them down, commit them to memory and incorporate them into your conversation so that you can make others say "What?"
All in all, a good book, and it arrived in the advertised shape, so a good purchase all around. I'll give this book a 73, Dick. You can even dance to it.