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Toujours Tingo: Extraordinary Words to Change the Way We See the World Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140515860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140515862
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An extraordinary book, exploring the areas where English fails us... try these weird and wonderful words on for size. -- THE MIRROR

Intriguing and wonderful... a fascinating insight into other cultures. -- THE TIMES

It's hard not to like a book that has tongue-twisters in nine languages.
-- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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The Meaning of Tingo, Adam Jacot de Boinod's bestselling collection of bizarre and brilliant words from around the world, was acclaimed as:


`Absolutely delicious' Stephen Fry


`A luscious list of linguistic one-liners' Daily Express


`Very funny' Independent on Sunday

Now he's back with far more, from gwarlingo (Welsh - the rushing sound a grandfather clock makes before striking the hour ) to magimiks belong Yesus (Tok Pisin - a helicopter) to Tantenverführer (German - a young man with suspiciously good manners). Oh, and Tingo is an Easter Island word meaning to borrow objects from a friend's house one by one until there are none left ...


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gideon Haberkorn on 23 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can only repeat what I wrote on the first book: "Based on the fact that most expressions from my own language, German, were either very rare or completely new to me, and often inexplicably misspelled, I suspect similar problems in the entries for other languages. After all, the German entries suggest that the author is either careless, or inept, or simply misinformed. And why should he be so only when it comes to one language? In any case, should you want a book that gives you expressions actually used in other countries, this is probably not it." In that respect, the second book is really more of thesame, it seems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Wake VINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2008
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I heard the author of this on the radio and the few snippets he quoted made the book sound interesting so I promptly ordered a copy. It is not as good as I had hoped, there are a lot of gaps in the text, there is no flow to the book and having checked some of the words used with native speakers of the respective languages some of the translations seem incorrect. Still, it's a fun read and some of the words and phrases are real gems: I especially like the chatup line "Do you kiss strangers? No? Then let me introduce myself..." This is more of a book to dip in and out of rather than to spend any length of time reading, its not well organised and has no index but it's fun all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Attard on 31 May 2009
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I have bought this book twice already and may yet purchase another for my own. I have given them both as presents, one recipient made no further mention of it and the other found it fun and fascinating. Other reviewers have said all there is to say except perhaps that it is another example of the English love of things exotic, obscure and eccentric. I saw the author in a television interview and loved the idea of it. Not being a linguist myself I did not detect the flaws which so bothered some others although to be told of such technical failures caused me a little disappointment. However it delights in our cultural differences which makes for an interesting world and perhaps should not be taken too seriously.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on 1 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful words from around the globe - my favourites have to be 'rhwe' from Tsonga, South Africa, 'to sleep on the floor without a mat, and ususally drunk and naked' and the Japanese 'nittoonna', 'a woman so dedicated to her career that she has no time to iron blouses and so resorts to dressing only in knitted tops'. Opens your eyes to a whole new world!
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