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Adam Jacot de Boinod first acquired his vokabulyu (Russian -- a passions for foreign words") while working as a researcher for the BBC program QI.   While searching through 280 dictionaries, 140 Web sites and innumerable books on language, he developed a textbook case of samlermani (Danish -- "mania for collecting"), became close to being fissilig (German -- "flustered to the point of incompetence") and narrowly avoided karoshi (Japanese -- "death from overwork").   He is now intending to nglayap (Indonesian -- "wander far from home for no particular purpose"), but for the moment lives in London. [from The Meaning of Tingo (2005)]
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