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.
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