The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World by Adam Jacot de BoinodA garden of delights for the word obsessed: a funny, amazing, and even profound world tour of the best of all those strange words that dont have a precise English equivalent, the ones that tell us so much about other cultures priorities and preoccupations and expand our minds.
Did you know that people in Bolivia have a word that means I was rather too drunk last night and its all their fault? That theres no Italian equivalent for the word blue? That the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? This delightful book, which draws on the collective wisdom of more than 254 languages, includes not only those words for which there is no direct counterpart in English (pana poo in Hawaiian means to scratch your head in order to remember something important), but also a frank discussion of exactly how many Eskimo words there are for snow and the longest known palindrome in any language (saippuakivikauppias--Finland).
And all right, what in fact is tingo? In the Pascuense language of Easter Island, its to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by asking to borrow them. Well, of course it is. Enhanced by its ingenious and irresistible little Schotts Miscellany/Eats Shoots and Leaves package and piquant black-and-white illustrations throughout, The Meaning of Tingo is a heady feast for word lovers of all persuasions. Viva Tingo!
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It is said that if a BBC broadcaster splits an infinitive, indignant listeners jam the telephone lines, complaining. And letters to The Times newspaper about the misuse of English are so frequent that at one time and perhaps even today, for all I know , a member of staff was given the task of replying to them in mollifying tones. People care about words. And so they should. Words, adapting Peter Medawar, are like church bells, and it is our fault as bellringers if they do not make a cheerful and harmonious sound when we ring out our message. Humpty Dumpty's words, quoted above, are not frivolous.