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That's Amore!: The Language of Love for Lovers of Languageby Erin McKean
Language lovers and lovers of all stripes, rejoice! Erin McKean has composed the perfect valentine for the soft of heart and swift of tongue: an entire book of seductive phrases, terms of pure love and lust, and expressions designed to woo anyone in any language, from French and Chinese to Hindi and Serbo-Croat. One read and this lovely book will become your cucciola mia ("my little animal" in Italian).
Synopses & Reviews
Love is a defining human quality, one that is inherent to all cultures. Expressions of love are powerful and magical, wherever you live and whatever language you speak.
That's Amore! is a captivating collection of the language of love from around the globe, celebrating the universality as well as the diversity of this most sought-after state. Embracing more than 50 languages, learn how the French flirt and the Danes date. Discover that while both the French and the Italians are thunder-struck by love (coup de foudre and colpo di fulmine respectively), the Spanish are hit with Cupid's arrow (fue flechazo). In Greece, you will be well served to understand the meanings behind the five types of love: philia, eros, agape, storge and xenia.
Cleverly arranged by the stages of love — Love at First Sight, Flirting and Flattery, Declarations of Love, Terms of Endearment, and Lifelong Love and Intimacy — and including feature pages of customs of love from around the world, learn the history and etiquette of the kiss, Cupid and mythology, the symbolism of love and the language of flowers. Surprising, eclectic, and endearing, this book is the perfect gift for your lover and any lover of words.
Embracing more than 50 languages, this captivating collection celebrates the universality as well as the diversity of the language of flirting. Cleverly arranged by the stages of love, it includes feature pages of customs of love from around the world.
About the Author
Erin McKean (b. 1971) is an American lexicographer. She is the Editor in Chief of United States Dictionaries for Oxford University Press (one of the youngest editors in chief of one of the five major American dictionaries). Before joining Oxford University Press she worked on the Thorndike-Barnhart children's dictionaries for ScottForesman. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. She is the editor of Verbatim: The Language Quarterly and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words and More Weird and Wonderful Words. She writes about dresses at her blog, A Dress A Day.
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