Oh, this book sounds wonderfully intruiging to me:
The Meaning of Tingo is Adam Jacot de Boinod’s new book surveying words around the world that are seldom found in other languages. The book is packed with little gems, such as the longest known palindrome in any language, the Finnish word saippuakivikauppias, the 27 Albanian words for moustaches and eyebrows, the Hawaiian word for walking away without listening to directions ‘akihi among them. Perfect for philonists.
BB, I am sure you’d love this too, no?
Definitely! Reading through one of the reviews, the reviewer mentioned a German word meaning, “Flustered to the point of incompetence” – reinforcing my belief that German may, in fact, be the coolest language on the planet. Perfect. Went straight onto my wishlist.
Jan 16th, 2006 / 10:53 am