I Never Knew There Was a Word For It

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Penguin Adult, Aug 5, 2010 - Humor - 800 pages
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From 'shotclog', a Yorkshire term for a companion only tolerated because he is paying for the drinks, to Albanian having 29 words to describe different kinds of eyebrows, the languages of the world are full of amazing, amusing and illuminating words and expressions that will improve absolutely everybody's quality of life. All they need is this book!

This bumper volume gathers all three of Adam Jacot de Boinod's acclaimed books about language - The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo (their fans include everyone from Stephen Fry to Michael Palin) - into one highly entertaining, keenly priced compendium. As Mariella Frostup said 'You'll never be lost for words again!'

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User Review  - dorin.budusan - LibraryThing

Although I didn't read all of it, it's a really funny book, from which you will learn a lot of funny words and all kinds of languages, words that you will probably never use. Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Hartley - Goodreads

I don't rate Jacot de Boinod as a writer. He's sort of enthusiastic about language but seems a bit under-informed. Lots of the words in the book already have an English word for the concept, like ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Adam Jacot de Boinod's interest in foreign languages was first aroused when doing research for the BBC programme QIand subsequently developed into a full-on vokabulyu(Russian - passion for foreign words). While searching through 280 dictionaries, 140 websites and numerous books on language, he developed an undoubted samlermani(Danish - mania for collecting), became close to being fisselig(German - flustered to the point of incompetence) and narrowly avoided karoshi(Japanese - death from overwork).

He is now intending to nglayap(Indonesian - wander far from home with no particular purpose).

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