|Christopher J. Moore. Simon Winchester, fwd.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||128 / 2017|
All languages have their limitations, and should English fall short, the expression may lie elsewhere. This quirky, international lexicon of linguistic gems captures certain moments or things with satisfying precision, including Gotong Royong, an Indonesian word for a group agreeing to work together, the German world-weariness known as weltschmerz, and esprit de l'escalier—a witty remark that occurs to you after you've left the party. Humorously illustrated throughout, this grab-bag also includes words which whose meaning has become distorted: "powwow," "doppelganger," "schmuck," and "boudoir."