aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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bush in wonderland
Posted by dav at 2003 March 26 12:49 PM
File under: Books

This is funny, an expat American has written a Japanese book on Bush-isms that purports to be a useful way to learn English. Excerpt:

"I’m Terri MacMillan. If I'm not mistaken, I may be the first middle-aged black woman, who's a native New York expat entrepreneur living in Tokyo to write a book of commentary on GW Bush's quotes on a variety of subjects, from an everyday American person's perspective.
Bush in Wonderland” includes a lot of background to help people who did not grow up in America see with a pair of American eyes. It also includes explanations of what is wrong, and better ways to say whatever Bush meant to say in each quote, so it's a good way to learn modern everyday American English that goes beyond “this is a pen”. And, the commentary gives you some of the background behind each quote, so that you can easily understand the context."


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