Other-wordly : words both strange and lovely from around the world

by Mak, Yee-Lum,

Format: Print Book 2016
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction IN TRANSIT
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
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Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first. Other-Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and those lost for words alike.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Derived from Mak's Tumblr of the same name, this ode to the unexpected things that have meaning presents 64 delightfully unique words from an assortment of 18 languages. Loosely sorted by subject matter, Bantu, Turkish, Yaghan (and many more) words identified as to their part of speech and language of origin, and succinctly defined appear alongside Kelsey Garrity-Riley's elegantly muted watercolor-and-ink illustrations. In one sweeping double-page spread, a lush portrait of a forest (and two obscured travelers within it) gives way to three travel-themed words, including the English nemophilist, a haunter of the woods, and the Icelandic raðljóst, enough light to find your way by. In another stylish spread, umbrella-wielding passersby introduce two treasures for a dreary day: the Spanish and Portuguese noun nefelibata, cloud walker, or one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination, and the Icelandic verb hoppípolla, jumping into puddles. Appended by two indexes, one alphabetized by language of origin, and one by word, this sleek gem of a volume is perfect for the bibliothecary (librarian) in all of us.--Shemroske, Briana Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a project born out of a blog of the same name, Mak introduces 64 words from more than a dozen languages that describe emotions, situations, and aspects of being that aren't always easily translated. Garrity-Riley's dainty mixed-media illustrations, dominated by muted browns and blues, echo the moody tone of several words, as well as the cross-cultural juxtapositions that arise. The elegance of soigné, the mixed messages described by the Turkish word nazlanmak, and the Scots word tartle (for stumbling over someone's name) are neatly reflected in a semi-awkward cocktail party scene. The Swedish word smultronställe (a "personal idyll free from stress or sadness") translates literally to a "place of wild strawberries," which is where Garrity-Riley shows a blonde girl reclining in wavy grasses, eyes closed in delight. Brief definitions, parts of speech, and language of origin accompany each word; the lack of phonetic pronunciations might disappoint readers looking to add these words to their lexicons immediately, but it's nothing a little Googling can't fix. Author's agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY. Illustrator's agency: Christina A. Tugeau Artist Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Language and languages -- Foreign words and phrases.
Language and languages -- Foreign elements.
Publisher San Francisco :Chronicle Books,2016
Contributors Garrity-Riley, Kelsey, illustrator.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 53 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781452125343
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