The Last Word: Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue by Ben Macintyre

Tantenverführer/German/aunt-seducer/ a young man of excessively good manners whom you suspect of ulterior motives.

jijirira/Malawi/ a person who tries to curry favour or draw attention to themselves by doing lots of work, but doing it badly.

Hawa khana/Hindi/ breathing the air, the moment at the end of a long, hot day when the earth exhales.

Formicatio: the sensation, usually hallucinatory, that insects or snakes are crawling over the skin.

SCUBA: Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

LASER: Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation

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