Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak

First Line: Other-Wordly started when I stumbled across the Portuguese word saudade: "the love that remains"; a longing for someone or something that you had loved and then lost.

If you love words as much as I do, you're really going to enjoy Other-Wordly. It is filled with words from not only English but other languages and cultures to expand your vocabulary and to make you realize that, yes, there is a word for that. Like "komorebi", the Japanese word for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees, or "tartle", a Scots word that means to hesitate while introducing or meeting someone because you've forgotten their name.

Now that I think of it, this is the type of beautifully illustrated little book that would make the perfect gift for other language lovers. My only greedy little complaint? It's too short!

Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World by Yee-Lum Mak
ISBN: 9781452125343
Chronicle Books © 2016
Hardcover, 64 pages

Rating: B+
Source: Purchased from Amazon.



  1. This looks great, Cathy! I'm a 'words' person with some background in linguistics, so this looks right up my alley!

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    1. It is! I've been thinking of you. Hope everything's okay.


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