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I Never Knew There Was a Word For It [Kindle Edition]

Adam Jacot De Boinod
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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A book no well-stocked bookshelf, cistern-top or handbag should be without - The Meaning of Tingo (Stephen Fry )

You'll never be lost for words again. Truly enlightening! - The Wonder of Whiffling (Mariella Frostrup )

Very funny (Independent on Sunday )

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From 'shotclog', a Yorkshire term for a companion only tolerated because he is paying for the drinks, to Albanian having 29 words to describe different kinds of eyebrows, the languages of the world are full of amazing, amusing and illuminating words and expressions that will improve absolutely everybody's quality of life. All they need is this book!



This bumper volume gathers all three of Adam Jacot de Boinod's acclaimed books about language - The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo (their fans include everyone from Stephen Fry to Michael Palin) - into one highly entertaining, keenly priced compendium. As Mariella Frostup said 'You'll never be lost for words again!'


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4389 KB
  • Print Length: 771 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141028394
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YUC0LU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, although not completely correct. 21 July 2012
By Jóna
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I am a massive word geek and I am currently running a blog about strange and obscure words. It's a fascinating read, however I was disappointed to find several mistakes. One of the Welsh words mentioned (lledorweddle) should be 'lledorwedd' (the -le means nothing whatsoever), while the full spelling of Llanfair PG (you know the one) was incorrect. These, along with a few other examples, made me wonder how many other words were incorrect throughout the book. But maybe my pedantry stems from the fact that I am a Linguistics graduate, and so I don't think anyone should be put off buying the book if they are a little interested in strange words.

It is a very humorous book and a wonderful insight into other cultures. Despite its flaws, I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Containing for example the Somali word "guree" meaning to make room for a person to sit on a loaded camel, of which in that particular list there are 13 words relating to camels and their usage. Or how about the Albanian word "dad" meaning wet-nurse or babysitter or the Georgian "mama" which means father, or "tzompantli" from Aztec meaning a rack of skulls. The lists of words are arranged by theme, and some of the choices in the book are very funny. Its pretty long at well over seven hundred pages so theres plenty to explore and enjoy. Something to dip into, fun, although most of the words or phrases you'll never remember long enough to use, some of them being from pretty obscure languages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fun 3 Sep 2013
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Fun and interesting concept, this book is basically a dictionary of funny expressions from all over the world, nota book to be read from cover to cover, better to just flick through from time to time.
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