Weird and wonderful vocabulary from around the world

Adam Jacot de Boinod first became entranced by language when he discovered 27 words for “moustache” in an Albanian dictionary – and another 27 for “eyebrows”. A world of bushy machismo and stolid dignity sprang to life before his eyes. He began hanging out in second-hand bookshops, looking for foreign dictionaries and the tiny revelations contained therein. He made lists of his favourite “words with no equivalent in the English…

Moon Walker: How Neil Armstrong brought the space program down to earth.

Did anyone have the right to be so little changed by the voyage as Armstrong seems to have been? “How long must it take before I cease to be known as a spaceman?” he asked a reporter seven years after coming home. –Thomas Mallon reviews James R. Hansen’s First Man. –Moon Walker: How Neil Armstrong brought the space program down to earth. (The New Yorker) Great, moody review of a book…