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Biting the Wax Tadpole Confessions of a Language FanaticRs tried to find a phonetic written euivalent of Coca Cola one set of characters they chose were pronounced “ke kou ke la” It sounded right but it translated literally as “bite the wax tadpole” Not uite what Coke had in mind but in this off kilter ode to the words of the world it’s just another example of language taking you someplace interesti I really wanted to like this book I was hoping for a bit of light reading that wasn’t total junk snippets of where the oddities of language come from or the weird things about language that maybe I’d never thought of Instead I got a book about conjugating verbs and declining nouns About parts of speech I barely remember learning about in school If you truly love not just words but grammar pick this up and enjoy If you can’t remember what a participle is walk away If you don’t remember what past imperfect tense is walk away If the thought of verb conjugation makes you break out in hives walk away

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EPUB Ð MOBI Biting the Wax Tadpole õ Confessions of a Language Fanatic FREE Ì RANDARENEWABLES À In this decidedly unstuffy look at the staid world of languages Elizabeth Little uses her favorite examples from languages dead difficult and just plain made up to reveal In this decidedly unstuffy look at the staid world of languages Elizabeth Little uses her favorite examples from languages dead difficult and just plain made up to reveal how language study is the ticket to traveling the world without leaving the comforts of home Little’s exploration of “word travel” includes• Shona a language lacking distinct wo It's time for the annual sheap shearing contest in the Aberfan Valley You're there checking your flock before entering How do you count? Yan tan tether mether pip azer sezar akker conter dick yanadick tanadick tetheradick metheradick bumfit yanabum tanabum tetherabum metherabum jigget This vestigial vigesimal counting system is just one of the many delights to be found in Elizabeth Little's completely enchanting book of musings on language As she puts it the words are utterly charming sounding like nothing so much as the names a young Will Shakespeare might have conjured up for a litter of adorable kittens She's right I have no words to describe how much joy that little seuence yanadick tanadick tetheradick metheradick bumfit brings me except to say that when I first read it I literally suealed with delight And how often does one get to do that these days?Though the chapter names are sober NOUNS VERBS NUMBERS MODIFIERS SPEECH this is a book which romps gambols and frolics along the highways and byways of language unearthing fascinating nuggets along the way Little claims no formal ualification for writing on linguistic topics other than a lifelong enthusiasm for language In writing such a wonderful book she has demonstrated that no other ualification is needed If you are a language geek like me this book gets 5 stars hands down The only reason I give it only 4 stars in my review is in acknowledgement of the baffling reality that not everyone out there shares my passion Though it seems hard to believe not everyone will stare transfixed by the beauty of the declension table specifying all 18 Hungarian case endings that Little includes in the bookBut for those of you who find such matters eerily fascinating and you know who you are Biting the Wax Tadpole will be a garden of earthly delights

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Rds for “blue” or “green”• Why Icelandic speakers must decide if the numbers 1 4 are plural• Which language is the only one lacking verbs• Just what exactly the Swedish names of IKEA products meanFully illustrated with hilarious sidebars Biting The Wax Tadpole also addresses classic cases of mistranslation For example when Chinese shopkeepe I'm a linguist by profession so just a few facts in this book were new to me but it was uite an entertaining read nonetheless It would probably be really enjoyable for someone who's interested in languages but doesn't know much about the different features that make languages around the world so weird and wonderful