Toujours Tingo: Extraordinary Words to Change the Way We See the World

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Did you know, that in Germany a young man with suspiciously good manners is called Tantenverfurhrer (literally, aunt seducer), that in Namibia there is a word for walking on tiptoe through warm sand or that, in Welsh, gwarlingo is the rushing sound a grandfather clock makes before striking the hour. Whether you are physiggomai (Ancient Greek - excited by eating garlic) or knedlikovy (Czech - rather partial to dumplings) there are words here to charm and amuse everyone. Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 280 languages and packed with charming illustrations, Toujours Tingo is the perfect book for anyone interested in words, language or the world around them.

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An extraordinary book, exploring the areas where English fails us... try these weird and wonderful words on for size. -- THE MIRROR

Intriguing and wonderful... a fascinating insight into other cultures. -- THE TIMES

It's hard not to like a book that has tongue-twisters in nine languages.
-- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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The Meaning of Tingo, Adam Jacot de Boinod's bestselling collection of bizarre and brilliant words from around the world, was acclaimed as:


`Absolutely delicious' Stephen Fry


`A luscious list of linguistic one-liners' Daily Express


`Very funny' Independent on Sunday

Now he's back with far more, from gwarlingo (Welsh - the rushing sound a grandfather clock makes before striking the hour ) to magimiks belong Yesus (Tok Pisin - a helicopter) to Tantenverführer (German - a young man with suspiciously good manners). Oh, and Tingo is an Easter Island word meaning to borrow objects from a friend's house one by one until there are none left ...

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