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Language lovers will be fascinated to read through this illustrated miscellany of the world's most intriguing words and phrases e.g. the Yiddish luftmensch, which literally translates as 'one who lives on air'.

This book provides a quirky selection of linguistic gems from all over the world and they're all accompanied by insightful overviews of relevant cultures and entertaining illustrations

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Lan Truong is an illustrator and designer. She is influenced by a variety of things: vintage matchbox labels and postage stamps, children's books, architecture and more. Her work appears in magazines, on food and beverage packaging, and in identity/branding systems. Lan lives in Portland, Oregon.

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