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Adam Jacot de Boinod

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Adam Jacot de Boinod's interest in foreign languages was first aroused when doing research for the BBC programme QI and subsequently developed into a full-on vokabulyu (Russian - passion for foreign words). While searching through 280 dictionaries, 140 websites and numerous books on language, he developed an undoubted samlermani (Danish - mania for collecting), became close to being fisselig (German - flustered to the point of incompetence) and narrowly avoided karoshi (Japanese - death from overwork). He is now intending to nglayap (Indonesian - wander far from home with no particular purpose).

Books by Adam Jacot de Boinod

I Never Knew There Was A Word For It

'Absolutely delicious . . . A very funny book no well-stocked bookshelf, cistern-top or handbag should be without' STEPHEN FRY

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The Wonder of Whiffling

The Meaning of Tingo was a global smash hit: now Adam's looking local and uncovering the extraordinary words of his own English language

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Toujours Tingo

Let Toujours Tingo take you on a tour of the world's most wonderous words...

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