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WordPlay

Tingo

Another word that recently caught our attention (see October post below) is tingo. You won't know this word, because it's spoken only by the people who live on Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on Earth, in the southeast Pacific. Broadly speaking, tingo means 'to borrow things from a friend's house, one by one, until there is nothing left worth taking.' Entire books have been written about Easter Island and why the culture there collapsed, but in our view, this one word – all by itself – tells you everything you need to know.

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