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Monday, February 10, 2014

Bingo! Another op-shop discovery!


This is a garden of delights for the word-obsessed: a funny, amazing, and even profound world tour of the best of all those strange words that don't have a precise English equivalent, the ones that tell us so much about other cultures' priorities and preoccupations and expand our minds.

I browsed through this intriguing little book while eating a bikini for lunch (which, as we all know, is Spanish for a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich ☺ )

Oh, and tingo is a Pascuense word from Easter Island meaning 'to borrow things from a friend's house one by one until there's nothing left'.

I once had a neighbour like that!