The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things There Aren't Any Words for yet--But There Ought to Be

The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things There Aren't Any Words for yet--But There Ought to Be

by Douglas Adams, John Lloyd

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A rollicking, thought-provoking dictionary for the modern age, featuring definitions for those things we don't have words for, from the New York Times bestselling author behind The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, and TV producer John Lloyd.

Does the sensation of Tingrith(1) make you yelp? Do you bend sympathetically when you see someone Ahenny(2)? Can you deal with a Naugatuck(3) without causing a Toronto(4)? Will you suffer from Kettering(5) this summer?

Probably. You are almost certainly familiar with all these experiences but just didn’t know that there are words for them. Well, in fact, there aren’t—or rather there weren’t, until Douglas Adams and John Lloyd decided to plug these egregious linguistic lacunae(6). They quickly realized that just as there are an awful lot of experiences that no one has a name for, so there are an awful lot of names for places you will never need to go to. What a waste. As responsible citizens of a small and crowded world, we must all learn the virtues of recycling(7) and put old, worn-out but still serviceable names to exciting, vibrant, new uses. This is the book that does that for you: The Deeper Meaning of Liff—a whole new solution to the problem of Great Wakering(8)

1—The feeling of aluminum foil against your fillings.

2—The way people stand when examining other people’s bookshelves.

3—A plastic packet containing shampoo, mustard, etc., which is impossible to open except by biting off
the corners.

4—Generic term for anything that comes out in a gush, despite all your efforts to let it out carefully, e.g., flour into a white sauce, ketchup onto fish, a dog into the yard, and another naughty meaning that we can’t put on the cover.

5—The marks left on your bottom and thighs after you’ve been sitting sunbathing in a wicker chair.

6—God knows what this means

7—For instance, some of this book was first published in Britain twenty-six years ago.

8—Look it up yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307238740
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/26/2005
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 64 MB
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About the Author

Douglas Adams was the bestselling author of many works including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was turned into a major motion picture. He died in 2001.

John Lloyd is (he says) Britain’s most successful television comedy producer since Chaucer and is responsible for Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder, among others.

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The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things There Aren't Any Words for yet--But There Ought to Be 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never ever ever expected to enjoy a dictionary. While I can oonly expect to use one or two of the words I've seen, most of these definitions gave me a good laugh. Best comedic author EVAR?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great fun. I laughed for a long while. I also thought about incorporating some of the words into my everyday vocabulary. But some of them were just too hard to find a use for everyday. Although it was a helpful guide to learning a lot more. Very insightful. I LOVE IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to use some of the words in the summary.I was trying to open a Ketchup Nugatuck,but caused a Toronto and had to clean it up.Douglas Adams is so funny.This is the only dictionary tjat will make you laugh d have fun when you're not making fun pf it for having weird words in it or simple words we've been using since we were 3 like the,or,or and.
bderby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Douglas Adams and John Lloyd explore the fundamental nature of language in this lighthearted 'dictionary.' They took the names of cities, streets, etc. and assigned them meanings. This is not a book to read from start to finish, but could be a fun activity to demonstrate the dynamic nature of language to students. Emphasize that all that is required for a word to take on a certain meaning is for individuals to agree that it holds that meaning. Slang is the most obvious example of this taking place in modern society. An activity could be done where students come up with a concept for which there is no word ("Liff"), and assign it a name of a local street, city, etc. This could provide a fun exploration of language for all ages.
ennuipoet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has proved enormously useful in convincing people that I am stark raving nutter. When I use words such as "grimbister", "skagway" or "Mavis Enderby", people know I am a person to be reckoned with. I've read this book cover to cover numerous times, it is a wonderful "bathroom reader", always finding new words for things I already knew but didn't know there was a word for. I wish DNA were about today to provide sequels to this wonderful bit of silliness.
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This book gives words to everyday annoyances, but a big part of the twist is that all of the words are actually locations. Maps (themselves often built as jokes) are included with the book so you can (literally) see where in the world the name of a word came from. Or mostly see, anyway, as the image scans are of so low resolution that it's hard to make anything out. As a result, this is one book better enjoyed in paper form, and not worth archiving electronically.
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