I Never Knew There Was a Word For It by Adam Jacot de Boinod
From 'shotclog' a Yorkshire term for a companion only tolerated because he is paying for the drinks to Albanian having 29 words to describe different kinds of eyebrows, the languages of the world are full of amazing, amusing and illuminating words and expressions that will improve absolutely everybody's quality of life. All they need is this book!
This bumper volume gathers all three of Adam Jacot de Boinod's acclaimed books about language - The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo (their fans include everyone from Stephen Fry to Michael Palin) - into one highly entertaining, keenly priced compendium. As Mariella Frostup said 'You'll never be lost for words again!'
About the Author
Adam Jacot de Boinod's interest in foreign languages was first piqued when doing research for the TV program QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, and subsequently developed into a full-blown obsession. While compiling The Meaning of Tingo, he read approximately 220 dictionaries, visited 150 Web sites, and perused numerous other books on language. He is also the author of Toujours Tingo.
A book no well-stocked bookshelf, cistern-top or handbag should be without - The Meaning of Tingo (Stephen Fry )
You'll never be lost for words again. Truly enlightening! - The Wonder of Whiffling (Mariella Frostrup )
Very funny (Independent on Sunday )