Dorren discusses, with great humor, the plethora of languages spoken in Europe and their idiosyncrasies. All of the big guns are here (English, French, German, etc.) as well as a good batch of the obscure. Have you ever heard of Sorbian? How about Romansh? The author talks about these, the distinctions between Indo-European and the much-smaller Finno-Urgic group of tongues, and the complexities of the modern Celtic languages (he takes a particularly hard stab at Welsh and its unique spellings.)
There are very few European languages, in fact, that are excluded. Dorren even includes a chapter on Basque, a complete anomaly of a tongue in that it isn’t related to any other languages in Europe.
Lingo will go down much better with the readers who love languages for their own sake. Some chapters require some sense of linguistics to grasp. Others are just funny, and all are informative. As the book is written in these brief chapters, Lingo is definitely a “read as you choose” type of experience.
Each chapter usually ends with a loan word that has made it into English from the discussed language, and another word that is unique to that language.
(William Hicks, Information Services)