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.It is a book that might well make your heart dokidoki, and it will certainly provide some kinkens to your questions.
A London author has spent the last five years researching the most unusual words for a book. I Never Knew There Was A Word For It draws on 300 languages to find the mot juste to describe actions, tastes, objects and noises.
Dokidoki is Japanese for to beat very fast and kinkens is Scottish for answer. Other examples include hanyauka (Namibia: to walk on tiptoe on warm sand), mahj (Persian: looking beautiful after a disease) and wo-mba (Cameroon: the smiling in sleep by children).
The book, published by Penguin tomorrow, was written by Adam Jacot De Boinod, 50, from Notting Hill, who first came up with the idea while working as a researcher on BBC quiz QI, presented by Stephen Fry. He said: “I had to come up with interesting words beginning with a'. I picked up an Albanian dictionary and discovered there were 27 different words for eyebrows and 27 for moustache.
.From Nazi to Chocolate, words play a vital role in our lives.
And each word has its own story.
But where do they come from? What do they mean? How do they change?
Some of these questions will be answered by "Words of the World" - a series of short videos presented by experts from the University of Nottingham's School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
In addition to exploring the words themselves, we'll explore a little about the varied research our experts are working on.
The project is created by film-maker Brady Haran, whose other work includes the successful Periodic Table of Videos, Test Tube and Bibledex.
Penguin is set to launch a social network for teenage bookworms called Spinebreakers, in an effort to keep young people interested in reading.
Spinebreakers, as a content website, already exists but does not have any tools which allow its users to communicate and interact about their shared pastime. Instead it is a site where teenagers write about books and authors.
Anna Rafferty, managing director of Penguin Digital , who founded the site three years ago, told The Telegraph: “I set up the site as I felt there were fewer and fewer places talking about books in a way which appealed to teenagers. However, I knew in order for the site to work, it would have to be written and edited by teenagers – which is why we have over 100 deputy editors aged between 14 and 18 looking after the site, and many more contributors of a similar age.
"However, they cannot use the site to communicate, which is why I want to transform the site into the first social network dedicated to books within the next six months."
She said that the site, which attracts 10 to 15,000 unique users each month and is still in beta, was not a commercial venture for Penguin, but was hugely important to the company for “future-proofing the book industry”. Spinebreakers does offer branded promotions on the site, but there is no display advertising.
Rafferty also admitted that the company had not "shouted enough" about Spinebreakers, since its launch and would do once it re-launched as a social networking site within in the next six months.
.Burns for Bairns is a selection of poems to be read to and by children of all ages. The author had a lifetime involvement with the Burns Federation and there have been few more experienced teachers of the Scottish vernacular.