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The first word spoken on the moon was "okay". (Or not - see comments). Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the ca...

Excerpt from a cat's blog

> DAY 752 -
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

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> DAY 761 -
Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair...must try this on their bed.

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> DAY 765 -
Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was...Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

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> DAY 768 -
I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called shampoo. What sick minds could invent such a liquid? My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

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> DAY 771 -
There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer". More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies."
Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

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> DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe
snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return.
He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time.

The Meaning Of Tingo

These fabulous examples have been collected by author Adam Jacot de Boinod into The Meaning Of Tingo - a collection of words and phrases from around the world.

Hawaiians, for instance, have 108 words for sweet potato, 65 for fishing nets - and 47 for banana.

Albanians have 27 separate expressions for the moustache:-

Madh means a bushy moustache, posht is a moustache hanging down at the ends and fshes is a long broom-like moustache with bristly hairs.

Eyebrows also get a look in - Vetullkalem describes pencil-thin eyebrows, vetullperpjekur are joined together eyebrows and those arched like the crescent moon are vetullhen.

Kummerspeck is a German word which literally means grief bacon: it is the word that describes the excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.

A Putzfimmel is a mania for cleaning and Drachenfutter - literally translated as dragon fodder - are the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.

Die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen - to stick one's lower lip out in a sulk (literally, to play the insulted liver sausage).

A Backpfeifengesicht - a face that cries out for a fist in it.

The word uitwaaien is Dutch for walking in windy weather for fun.

The Maori-speakers of the Cook Islands sound like an enthusiastic bunch: the word toto is the shout given in a game of hide-and-seek to show readiness.

The Inuit word igunaujannguaq, literally meaning frozen walrus carcass. Is a game which involves the person in the centre of a ring trying to remain stiff as he is passed around the ring, hand over hand.

In the Netherlands plimpplampplettere means skimming stones.

Geshtenjapjeks is an Albanian who sells roast chestnuts on the street.

A koshatnik in Russian is a dealer of stolen cats.

A kualanapuhi is a Hawaiian officer who keeps the flies away from the sleeping king by waving a brush made of feathers.

In Turkey a cigerci is a seller of liver and lungs.

Danish have a fyrassistent - an assistant lighthouse keeper.

Spanish speakers in central America have a description of a government employee who only shows up on payday - an aviador.

Which brings us back to de Boinod's title: tingo is an invaluable word from the Pascuense language of Easter Island meaning "to borrow objects from a friend's house, one by one, until there's nothing left".

The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod is published by Penguin.

Excerpt from a dog's blog

> Day number 180

> 8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!

> 9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVOURITE!

> 10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!

> 11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!

> 1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE GARDEN! MY FAVOURITE!

> 4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!

> 5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 5:30 PM - OH BOY! MUM! MY FAVOURITE!

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> Day number 181

> 8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!

> 9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVOURITE!

> 10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!

> 11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!

> 1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE GARDEN! MY FAVOURITE!

> 4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!

> 5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 5:30 PM - OH BOY! MUM! MY FAVOURITE!

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> Day number 182

> 8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!

> 9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVOURITE!

> 10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVOURITE!

> 11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!

> 1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE GARDEN! MY FAVOURITE!

> 1:30 pm - ooooooo. bath. bummer.

> 4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVOURITE!

> 5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVOURITE!

> 5:30 PM - OH BOY! MUM! MY FAVOURITE!

"How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?"

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

Rottweiler: Make me.

Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!

Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there.....

Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.