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I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the

Published by National Geographic
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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I'm not hanging noodles on your ears. In Moscow, this curious, engagingly colourful assertion is common parlance, but unless you're Russian your reaction is probably "Say what?" The same idea in English is equally odd: "I'm not pulling your leg." Both mean: Believe me. As author Jag Bhalla demonstrates, these amusing, often hilarious phrases provide a unique perspective on how different cultures perceive and describe the world. Organized by theme - food, love, romance, and many more - they embody cultural traditions and attitudes, capture linguistic nuance, and shed fascinating light on "the whole ball of wax." For example, when English-speakers are hard at work, we have our "nose to the grindstone," but industrious Chinese toil "with liver and brains spilled on the ground" and busy Indians have "no time to die." This surprising, often thought-provoking little tome is gift-friendly in appearance, a perfect impulse buy for word lovers, travelers, and anyone else who enjoys looking at life in a riotous, unusual way. And we're not hanging noodles from your ear.

  • Publisher: National Geographic (June 16, 2009)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781426205309