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From Amourette to Zal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe : (For When English Just Won't Do)

From Amourette to Zal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe : (For When English Just Won't Do)

Alex Rawlings

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From the melancholic to the funny to the downright peculiar, From Amourette to Zal takes us on a fascinating journey around Europe in twelve languages, celebrating our cultural similarities and differences along the way.

Language: history & general works

Fjaka: the sublime state of aspiring to do absolutely nothing. Warmduscher: a `warm showerer', meaning a bit of a wimp.

Tener mano izquierda: literally `to have a left hand'; to be skilfully persuasive. For all the richness of the English language there are some nuances that other languages capture much better, whether it's a phrase that beautifully articulates a feeling, a wonderfully understated insult that just hits the spot, or a curious idiom.

From the melancholic to the funny to the downright peculiar, From Amourette to Zal takes us on a fascinating journey around Europe in twelve languages, celebrating our cultural similarities and differences along the way.

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Author Alex Rawlings
Publisher The History Press
Publication date 3 Sep 2018
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780750987738

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