In Other Words

In Other Words

A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World

Book - 2004
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In this short but enthusiastic book, linguist Moore selects, from languages across the world, words and phrases that are impossible to translate neatly into English. In many cases the difficulty arises because our culture simply doesn't share the same experiences as others. Other untranslatable words are those used for a feeling or situation that English describes in a roundabout way. This book will appeal to anyone who loves linguistic oddities.
Publisher: New York : Walker Pub., 2004
ISBN: 9780802714442
Branch Call Number: 413.21 MOO
Characteristics: 127 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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KCLSRecommends Mar 20, 2014

Amazing how many words there are in other languages with no good equivalent in English! Such as the French who say "horripiler" which means 'to make your hair stand on end'! Or the Germans who say "weltschmerz" to indicate 'world-weariness' or despair with, well, everything. Meanwhile, the Dutch say "uitwaaien" for that rare joy of 'walking in the wind for fun.' And, continuing in perambulatory fashion, the Finnish have the word "hankikanto" for the 'frozen crust on the surface of snow that is strong enough to walk on.' And the Japanese have the nearly untranslatable "mon-no-aware" meaning 'enjoying the sadness of life': that bittersweet, vaguely poetic feeling you get around dusk, say, on a long train journey, looking out at the driving rain... (ah me, alas!) While the Greeks say "meraki" to describe when someone does something with soul, creativity or love -- when you put 'something of yourself' into what you're doing.


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