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An "amusing look at cultural similarities"—Will Safire, New York Times

"A delightful celebration of the wit, insight, and poetic genius to be found in everyday language" —Steven Pinker, Harvard University Professor and author of The Stuff of Thought

About the Author

Jag Bhalla is an amateur idiomologist, amateur inventor, amateur entrepreneur, amateur film maker, and now amateur author.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Original edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426204582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426204586
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I just got the book today, to give it as a gift. As I started to scan through it I found myself smiling and then laughing out aloud. Then I found myself talking aloud arguing with the book.

I am usually a pretty stable sort, but this is a very well written book and presented in a nice engaging manner that literally pulls you in.

I am enjoying this tremendously and have ordered a second copy for myself (this one is a gift and I will have to part with it).

To quote the book, this can "make the chickens laugh".
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This was a fun, quick read (actually, more like browsing a catalog). Only problem was that I asked a number of friends who hailed from many of the nations listed in the book about the local idioms listed in the volume and often got a curious look--like, I've never heard that one myself. Maybe things got lost in translation. Anyway, I think this would be a perfect book to have on a coffee table for a party--people would browse through and shout out different ones with joy. Nice job!
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By Tamara on August 19, 2009
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I found this book very interesting and entertaining. The only thing that would have made it better, was if he had used all the entries in a typical sentence to aid in understanding usage.
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I agree with the earlier reviewer who criticized the author's inexplicable failure to include these intriguing and colorful expressions in their original languages. The concept is delightful, but the execution is substantially less interesting than it otherwise would have been, and it seems condescending to the reader.
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This is a great little book that allows the reader to peak into other cultures and learn about their idiomatic expressions. This is not a foreign language phrase book, as all of the phrases have been translated into English. It's a quick and delightful read.
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I was hoping for more indepth information. I wanted to find the idioms in their original language. The number of cultures identified was very limited, the explanations or etiologies were limited. Just okay
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Jag Bhalla's I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ear is one of those rare types of books that can be read for pure enjoyment or for knowledge about how other cultures and countries express themselves. For those who would like a few fun facts with which to amaze their friends, this is the book for you. Or for those who would like a basic, generalized introduction to the subject, this book is a great starting point.

I greatly enjoyed reading this book. My only quibble is that I sometimes found myself wishing for more in-depth explanations at several points in the book.
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I heard Jag Bhalla on public radio. I ordered the book because of it. The book is very entertaining and downright funny at times. You can really see where we get some of our saying from. It is an excellent bathroom book. You can read it a little at a time and not get lost. This book is good for anyone who likes words and where they come from.
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