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by Simon Winchester,C. J. Moore

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ISBN: 0802714447
Author: Simon Winchester,C. J. Moore
Language: English
Publisher: Walker Books; Original edition (October 1, 2004)
Pages: 128
Category: Words Language & Grammar
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 556
Size Fb2: 1954 kb
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Other untranslatable words are those used for a feeling or situation that English only describes in a roundabout way, such as the indigenous word .

He is the author of several books, including a major anthology of Gaelic oral poetry. He lives in France and Spain.

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Why do we say bete noir and not 'black beast', doppelganger and not.

Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great.

Moore and Simon Winchester. Enliven your mind and enrich your daily conversation with The Untranslatables, a sublime and witty lexicon of fascinatingly precise phrases, for which there aren't direct English translations.

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of The Perfectionists and numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States and Krakatoa. Lan Truong is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon.

Simon Winchester, OBE (born 28 September 1944) is a British-American author and journalist. In his career at The Guardian newspaper, Winchester covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal

Simon Winchester, OBE (born 28 September 1944) is a British-American author and journalist. In his career at The Guardian newspaper, Winchester covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. Winchester has written or contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, has written one novel, and has contributed to several travel magazines, among them Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic. He lives in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

C. J. Moore; Simon Winchester. Published by Walker Books (2004). ISBN 10: 0802714447 ISBN 13: 9780802714442.

Christopher J. Moore, Simon Winchester. That's where this book comes in: a quirky, international lexicon of linguistic gems that capture certain moments or things with satisfying precision.

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.

Comments:

Mr.Twister
interesting and insightful book. I have yet to study it.
Nilasida
I encountered this book in my linguistics class and then purchased it for my brother. Its a great coffee table book, super interesting!!!
Friert
A good reference book.
Grosho
Moore translates the untranslate-able from many languages, but my favorite is the German "drachenfutter," literally "dragon fodder," the gift for one's wife when one has misbehaved.
Kajikus
I am thoroughly enjoying this book, but that enjoyment is being spoiled by the very high error rate in the Kindle version.
It looks like they scanned the paper book and OCR'd it, but then didn't check it for errors.
For a book about language to contain so many misspellings, incorrect words and incomprehensible bits of scan garbage is a real shame.
The book itself is a treat - it's just a bit of linguistic frippery, but most enjoyable - Amazon really need to sort out the electronic version though.
Pemand
This book is wonderful. A short illustrated book about words in different languages and cultures and what the words tell us about the mentality.

I have read it many times. Most books today are thicker than a Bible. But this is at a little more than 100 pages. My favourite word is from Tierra del Fuego:
Mamihlapinatapei.
:-)
Quamar
A classic.
I bought this book for a fun, short read and a source for unusual words. It fills the bill nicely.

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