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I started taking notes at the beginning, but I gave up pretty soon. Unfortunately, the last third when you're really pissed by its length is - subjectively speaking- the most interesting. Feb 01, Rhian Davies rated it really liked it. I bought this book because I am a massive word geek and I am currently running a blog about strange and obscure words.
It's a fascinating read, however I was disappointed to find several mistakes. One of the Welsh words mentioned lledorweddle should be 'lledorwedd', while the full spelling of Llanfair PG you know the one was incorrect. These, along with a few other examples, made me wonder how many other words were incorrect throughout the book. But maybe my pedantry stems from the fact that I bought this book because I am a massive word geek and I am currently running a blog about strange and obscure words.
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But maybe my pedantry stems from the fact that I am a Linguistics graduate, and so I don't think anyone should be put off buying the book if they are a little interested in strange words. It is a very humorous book and a wonderful insight into other cultures. Despite its flaws, I would recommend it.
Some of the creditations to languages have to be more closely edited. Also, some of the expressions are outdated or very rarely used. Interesting book, though.
Aug 01, Michelle Bacon rated it liked it Shelves: reference. This book is a combination of the 3 books by this author and is basically a hodge-podge of unique words or phrases that we have used over the course of human existence and their origins. One of the books is foreign phrases which were difficult to read since I didn't know how to pronounce the words. I think having the pronunciation next to the words or phrases would have been a little helpful but would have been even more like a dictionary than it already was.
Cute and informative tho. Oct 08, Dorin Budusan marked it as to-read Shelves: my-bookshelf. 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. Nov 21, Kerry rated it it was ok.
Did you know there are words for snow in 5 different languages? There is a lot of that in here which is not very interesting. Did you know there are words in other languages which sound like English words but are false cogitates. Yeah, that was even less interesting. There were far too many lists of these sorts of things in here.
Basically, the only thing that kept me reading a few pages at a time over probably 18 months was the sections on idioms.
I Never Knew There Was a Word for It
The variety of ways different cultures express Did you know there are words for snow in 5 different languages? The variety of ways different cultures express things was more what I was hoping to get from this book in general. May 29, Bob Hartley rated it it was ok Shelves: abandoned. 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 "giving someone a look that tells them you're annoyed".
As in leering? Or scowling?
20 Ridiculous Sounding English Words You've Never Heard Before
Some of the linguistic terms he uses are misused too. The thing is, I read it cover to cover. I actually put it down, went for a job interview, then came back and picked it up again. Glad I've only loaned it from the libr I don't rate Jacot de Boinod as a writer. Glad I've only loaned it from the library, though, because I can give it back.
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