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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141028394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028392
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

Adam Jacot de Boinod, hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots, is a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of - sometimes useless - objects). He trawled the languages of the world for exotic specimens in his bestselling books The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and hit follow-up Toujours Tingo.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jóna on 21 July 2012
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 By Mr. Robert Marsland on 6 Dec. 2011
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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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By Serena Joy on 3 Sept. 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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By Ian Chappell on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Some very apt words you can use when people don't quite know what you're saying to them
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