Origin in Norwegian settlement areas, especially Minnesota and Wisconsin. VUM To declare, swear.
Chiefly New England. Chiefly eastern Massachusetts. Chiefly southern Appalachians.
Chiefly Florida and Georgia. Chiefly North, especially Northwest. Chiefly Hudson River Valley. Especially Indiana.
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Sense 2: Disinclined to work. Especially Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. ZORI Thonged sandal. West, especially Hawaii. Twenty years later, seeking total immersion, she and her family relocated to Rome, where she began to read and write solely in her adopted tongue. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language.
For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. There, she begins to read, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice.
Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. Read by the Author, in both English and the original Italian. Lahiri gives us the most unusual of self-portraits. Strikingly honest, lyrical, untouched by sentimentality.
The most evocative, unpretentious, astute account of a writing life I have read. Lahiri is a master of language.
A Spanish joke illustrates the difference between bueno, malo, and chungo "good," "bad," and "chungo" through a number of life situations. Bueno : Your wife is pregnant. Malo : It's triplets. Chungo : You had a vasectomy two years ago. Bueno : Your wife hardly speaks. Malo : She wants a divorce. Chungo : She's a lawyer.
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Portuguese saudade A kind of intense nostalgia that only Portuguese people are supposed to understand. In Katherine Vaz's definition, which she uses to explain the title of her novel Saudade , it is "yearning so intense for those who are missing, or for vanished times or places, that absence is the most profound presence in one's life. A state of being, rather than merely a sentiment. Bell writes: "The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning toward the past or toward the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.
Russian razbliuto The confusing bundle of emotions felt by Russian males for their ex-girlfriends. Czech litost This is an untranslatable emotion that only a Czech person would suffer from, defined by Milan Kundera as "a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one's own misery.
Kolik jazyku znas, tolikrat jsi clovekem.
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This Czech proverb, impossible to translate, proclaims that you live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once. By arrangement with the publishers.
Four writers, four translators, five languages, one exquisite story. These are among the words discussed by Christopher Moore in In Other Words: Arabic taarradhin Many commentators have pointed out that Arabic has no word for "compromise," in the sense of reaching an arrangement via struggle and disagreement.
- The Works of Philo Judaeus of Alexandria;
- Fly Me to the Moon;
- Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece (Princeton Modern Greek Studies).