Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely From Around the World

Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely From Around the World

Yee-Lum Mak and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley Hardcover, 55 pages; 2016
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This prettily illustrated little book presents a unique assortment of more than fifty intriguing words from around the world that "are bigger, stranger, and fuller than the words we use every day." Some beautifully express seemingly indefinable feelings: erlebnisse, German for "the experiences, positive or negative, that we feel most deeply, and through which we truly live"; resfeber, Swedish for "the restless race of the traveler's heart before the journey begins"; and redamancy, English for "a love returned in full." Others perfectly capture daily occurrences: sobremesa, Spanish for "the time spent around the table after lunch or dinner talking to people with whom you shared the meal" and tsundoku, Japanese for "letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands." What fun for language-lovers and poetic souls. (KG)

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