I m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World

I m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World Author Jag Bhalla
ISBN-10 9781426205309
Year 2009-06-16
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher National Geographic Books
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"I’m not hanging noodles on your ears." In Moscow, this curious, engagingly colorful assertion is common parlance, but unless you’re Russian your reaction is probably "Say what?" The same idea in English is equally odd: "I’m not pulling your leg." Both mean: Believe me. As author Jag Bhalla demonstrates, these amusing, often hilarious phrases provide a unique perspective on how different cultures perceive and describe the world. Organized by theme—food, love, romance, and many more—they embody cultural traditions and attitudes, capture linguistic nuance, and shed fascinating light on "the whole ball of wax." For example, when English-speakers are hard at work, we’re "nose to the grindstone," but industrious Chinese toil "with liver and brains spilled on the ground" and busy Indians have "no time to die." If you’re already fluent in 10 languages, you probably won’t need this book, but you’ll "get a kick out of it" anyhow; for the rest of us, it’s a must. Either way, this surprising, often thought-provoking little tome is gift-friendly in appearance, a perfect impulse buy for word lovers, travelers, and anyone else who enjoys looking at life in a riotous, unusual way. And we’re not hanging noodles from your ear.

I m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms from Around the World

I m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms from Around the World Author Julia Suits
ISBN-10 1459676092
Year 2014-02-26
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher
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Entertaining yet informative, this book captures the quirkiness of languages and phrases from around the world and translates them into a fun format and great gift. In Russia, for instance, 'to put a pig under someone' means to play a dirty trick. In France, 'to have a well hung tongue' means to be eloquent. If someone in Germany tells you that you're living your life 'like a maggot in bacon', it means you're living the life of Riley. The broad selection of idioms provides a quirky look at different cultures and how they perceive the world in a light - hearted, fun manner.

I m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms from Around the World

I m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms from Around the World Author Jag Bhalla
ISBN-10 9781426204586
Year 2009
Pages 266
Language en
Publisher National Geographic Books
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Featuring scores of entertaining entries organized by theme--food, love, romance, and more--this amusing guide explains many odd and hilarious phrases from around the globe, noting that industrious Chinese toil "with liver and brains spilled on the ground," while busy Indians have "no time to die" along with meanings of many other quirky idioms. Original.

The Meaning of Tingo

The Meaning of Tingo Author Adam Jacot de Boinod
ISBN-10 9780141954578
Year 2006-10-05
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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Did you know that people in Indonesia have a word that means 'to take off your clothes in order to dance'? Or how many words the Albanians have for eyebrows and moustaches? Or that the Dutch word for skimming stones is plimpplamppletteren? Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 154 languages, this intriguing book is arranged by theme so you can compare attitudes all over the world to such subjects as food, the human body and the battle of the sexes. Here you can find not only those words for which there is no direct counterpart in English (such as the Japanese age-otori which means looking less attractive after a haircut), but also a frank discussion of exactly how many 'Eskimo' terms there are for snow, and a vast array of information exploring the wonderful and often downright strange world of words. Oh, and tingo means 'to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by asking to borrow them'.

Scheisse

Scheisse Author Gertrude Besserwisser
ISBN-10 9781101664667
Year 1994-07-01
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Another entry in the bestselling, Merda! series, this humorous book helps readers navigate the world of real Low German. Scheisse! introduces readers to the fine art of cursing and basic slang to spice up their German speech. If you think you have a fairly good command of German, think again. For it’s a sure bet that Frau Schultz never taught you those nasty little guttural curses and humiliating invectives so expressive of real low German speech. But relax—here at last is the one book that can introduce you to the very worst beer-hall German. Scheisse! is an indispensable guide to off-color German colloquialisms and profanities—lascivious bedroom slang and boozy insults, jeering scatological put-downs and scurrilous ridicule. This hilarious illustrated cornucopia of creative expletives, guaranteed to vex, taunt, aggravate, and provoke as only overwrought low German can, will help you master the fine art of German verbal abuse—with triumphant one-upmanship.

The Geeks Guide to World Domination

The Geeks  Guide to World Domination Author Garth Sundem
ISBN-10 9780307450357
Year 2009-03-10
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Crown Archetype
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TUNE IN. TURN ON. GEEK OUT. Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world. Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without–a guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia coexist as happily in these pages as they do in their natural habitat of the geek brain. In short, dear geek, here you’ll find everything you need to achieve nirvana. And here, for you pathetic nongeeks, is the last chance to save yourselves: Love this book, live this book, and you too can join us in the experience of total world domination. • become a sudoku god • brew your own beer • build a laser beam • classify all living things • clone your pet • exorcise demons • find the world’s best corn mazes • grasp the theory of relativity • have sex on Second Life • injure a fish • join the Knights Templar • kick ass with sweet martial-arts moves • learn ludicrous emoticons • master the Ocarina of Time • pimp your cubicle • program a remote control • quote He-Man and Che Guevara • solve fiendish logic puzzles • touch Carl Sagan • unmask Linus Torvalds • visit Beaver Lick, Kentucky • win bar bets • write your name in Elvish Join us or die, you will. Begun, the Geek Wars have From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sociolinguistics

Sociolinguistics Author Peter Trudgill
ISBN-10 9780141926308
Year 2000-08-03
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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This is a classic book on a fascinating subject. Peter Trudgill examines the close link between language and society and the many factors that influence the way we speak. These range from gender, environment, age, race, class, region and politics. Trudgill's book surveys languages and societies from all over the world drawing on examples from Afrikaans to Yiddish. He has added a fascinating chapter on the development of a language as a result of a non-native speaker's use of it. Compelling and authoritative, this new edition of a bestselling book is set to redraw the boundaries of the study of sociolinguistics.

Anguished English

Anguished English Author Richard Lederer
ISBN-10 0941711811
Year 2006
Pages 182
Language en
Publisher Gibbs Smith
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This is an amusing anthology of assaults upon the English language, fromanted Ads to Mixed Metaphors. It includes such Advertisement bloopers as: "or sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers";nd, "Wanted: 50 girls for stripping machine operators in factory". "nguished English" is the ridiculously funny anthology of accidental assaultspon our common language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times toixed-Up Metaphors...from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling Modifiers...it's aollection that will leave you roaring with delight and laughter.

The Deeper Meaning of Liff

The Deeper Meaning of Liff Author Douglas Adams
ISBN-10 0307238741
Year 2005-04-26
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Crown Archetype
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Does the sensation of Tingrith(1) make you yelp? Do you bend sympathetically when you see someone Ahenny(2)? Can you deal with a Naugatuck(3) without causing a Toronto(4)? Will you suffer from Kettering(5) this summer? Probably. You are almost certainly familiar with all these experiences but just didn’t know that there are words for them. Well, in fact, there aren’t—or rather there weren’t, until Douglas Adams and John Lloyd decided to plug these egregious linguistic lacunae(6). They quickly realized that just as there are an awful lot of experiences that no one has a name for, so there are an awful lot of names for places you will never need to go to. What a waste. As responsible citizens of a small and crowded world, we must all learn the virtues of recycling(7) and put old, worn-out but still serviceable names to exciting, vibrant, new uses. This is the book that does that for you: The Deeper Meaning of Liff—a whole new solution to the problem of Great Wakering(8) 1—The feeling of aluminum foil against your fillings. 2—The way people stand when examining other people’s bookshelves. 3—A plastic packet containing shampoo, mustard, etc., which is impossible to open except by biting off the corners. 4—Generic term for anything that comes out in a gush, despite all your efforts to let it out carefully, e.g., flour into a white sauce, ketchup onto fish, a dog into the yard, and another naughty meaning that we can’t put on the cover. 5—The marks left on your bottom and thighs after you’ve been sitting sunbathing in a wicker chair. 6—God knows what this means 7—For instance, some of this book was first published in Britain twenty-six years ago. 8—Look it up yourself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In Other Words

In Other Words Author Christopher J. Moore
ISBN-10 0802718175
Year 2009-05-26
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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When ideas fail, words come in handy. But sometimes you can't find the right word, and what you want to say can't be found in the dictionary. English has its limitations, but the expression you're searching for may exist in another language. In Other Words is a unique collection of well-known and absolutely obscure "untranslatables"-linguistic gems that convey a feeling or notion with satisfying precision yet resist simple translation. This quirky lexicon of hard-to-translate words gives the reader a new way to look at the world and how words relate to us. The words are arranged by region or country of origin, and a brief introduction to each section-each done by a respected translator-gives insight into the culture of the people as well as the language. Each of these singular words is cleverly and thoroughly defined, with interesting details and references throughout. The search for that elusive mot juste may be over.

The Pun Also Rises

The Pun Also Rises Author John Pollack
ISBN-10 9781101513866
Year 2011-04-14
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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A former word pun champion's funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on history. The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth. At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter? Watch a Video

The First Word

The First Word Author Christine Kenneally
ISBN-10 0670034908
Year 2007
Pages 357
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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A history of the quest for human language origins is comprised of two intertwined narratives that respectively trace the development of language and the process through which scientists have explored the subject, in an account that also documents the contributions of such figures as Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker.

Um

Um     Author Michael Erard
ISBN-10 0375425152
Year 2007-08-21
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Anchor
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This original, entertaining, and surprising book investigates verbal blunders: what they are, what they say about those who make them, and how and why we've come to judge them.Um... is about how you really speak, and why it's normal for your everyday speech to be filled with errors—about one in every ten words. In this charming, engaging account of language in the wild, linguist and writer Michael Erard also explains why our attention to some blunders rises and falls. Where did the Freudian slip come from? Why do we prize "umlessness" in speaking—and should we? And how do we explain the American presidents who are famous for their verbal stumbles? Full of entertaining examples, Um... is essential reading for talkers and listeners of all stripes. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In the Land of Invented Languages

In the Land of Invented Languages Author Arika Okrent
ISBN-10 0385529716
Year 2009-05-19
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about Klingon. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, Loglan (not to be confused with Lojban), and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries. With intelligence and humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.