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url 2013-07-02 16:55
12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

I especially like the etymology for 'sleight', as in 'sleight of hand' (no. 4 on the list). Many of these are great. Do wish Mental Floss would give their source(s) for their info, however.

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review 2011-10-19 00:00
The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World - Adam Jacot de Boinod It's not so much the words (which as many reviewers have pointed out, are often used out of context) as much as the idea that a certain sentiment/idea/situation happens often enough in a certain culture for it to merit an actual word. It's like The Meaning of Liff, only real. Better check with a native speaker first, however, before throwing any of these around.

I love how certain Filipino words made it here: "magandang hinaharap" (meaning both "a bright future" and "big breasts"), "dangkal" (a handspan) and "layogenic". But where are "gigil" and "kulit"?

Small quibble: The Chinese could have been written in pinyin, to make it easier for me to have the words verified.

More like this online. The good stuff is in the comments section.

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review 2007-10-01 00:00
The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World - Adam Jacot de Boinod If you love languages, or just words in general, as I do, this book is delightfully fun. The author has collected words and phrases and colloquialisms from all over the world, many in languages you've never even heard of. Some of the local expressions are pretty hilarious.
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