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The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from aroun... by Adam Jacot de Boinod
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You’ve heard of words in other languages that supposedly can’t be translated, or words that we don’t have a word for? This book has lots of those. I don’t know if the Bassa language in Liberia really only has words for two colors (“ziza” for red/orange/yellow and “hui” for green/blue/purple), or if the Japanese actually say “harawata o tatsu” (“to sever one’s intestines”) to mean “break one’s heart,” but this book is pretty entertaining.
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January 8, 2015 – Shelved
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: language

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