Adam Jacot De Boinod
The Meaning of Tingo And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World - Adam Jacot De Boinod
A divine gift for the word-obsessed—a deliciously eccentric world tour of words that have no English equivalent
The countless language freaks who’ve worn out their copies of Eats, Shoots and Leaveswill find inexhaustible distraction in The Meaning of Tingo. Where else will they discover that Bolivians have a word that means “I was rather too drunk last night and it’s all their fault”? As for tingo, on Easter Island it means “to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by borrowing them.” Organized by themes such as food, the human body, and sex and love, this irresistible book combs through more than 254 languages in search of those gorgeous oddities that have no direct English counterpart—words so strange and apt that if they didn’t exist, they would have to be invented.