7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
In Other Words deserves more,
This review is from: In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (Hardcover)
In all, a very good book with a core great idea, that could have been expanded considerably.
Unfortunately the research should have been tightened since there are one or two obvious mistakes.
A real "howler" occurs in the Yiddish Language section
where the language of the Bible, Hebrew, is described as
"fusion language, with Yiddish as its bedrock".
If so, one could describe Latin as a fusion language with
French as its bedrock!
Some of my favorites such as bupkis, schadenfreude, esprit de l'escalier and litost are well covered.
Yours very sincerely, Peter Charles,
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