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Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs, and Curses from Around the World
 
 
Author
Stephen Dodson & Robert Vanderplank.
Publisher Perigee  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.35 inches
ISBN 9780399535062
Pages/Publication Date 122/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21529
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They're the words you won't learn in any regular language class. Whether borne out of surprise, anger, passion, or humor, curses and insults make up some of the most colorful and profound phrases in any language, yet often make little sense outside of their mother tongue. In this book Oxford linguist Robert Vanderplank and multilingual Language Hat blogger Stephen Dodson collect some of the most interesting and expressive invectives from more than 40 languages, from "misokkasu" ("scum of soya paste," in Japanese) to "tu es um borra-battos" ("you s**t in your own boots," in Portuguese). Here too you will find such hilarious expressions as the Danish "kyllingehjerne" ("chicken brain") and the eloquent Scottish description of a dreamer who seems at a loss what to do, "like a fart in a trance."
 
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