I Never Knew There Was a Word For It

I Never Knew There Was a Word For It

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 800 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 50mm | 621.42g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0141028394
  • 9780141028392
  • 130,679

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A book no well-stocked bookshelf, cistern-top or handbag should be without - The Meaning of Tingo -- Stephen Fry You'll never be lost for words again. Truly enlightening! - The Wonder of Whiffling -- Mariella Frostrup Very funny * Independent on Sunday *
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About Adam Jacot de Boinod

Adam Jacot de Boinod, hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots, is a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of - sometimes useless - objects). He trawled the languages of the world for exotic specimens in his bestselling books The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and hit follow-up Toujours Tingo.
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108 ratings
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