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Afterliff [Hardcover]

John Lloyd , Jon Canter
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Book Description

15 Aug 2013

A liff is a familiar object or experience that English has no word for. Afterliff corrects this disgraceful oversight by recycling the names found on signposts.

This brilliant successor to Douglas Adams' and John Lloyd's 1983 classic The Meaning of Liff features over 900 essential new definitions, including:

Anglesey n.

Hypothetical object at which a lazy eye is looking.

Badlesmeare n.

One who dishonestly ticks the 'I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions' box.

Caterham n.

An overwhelming desire to use the Pope's hat as an oven glove.

Clavering ptcpl v.

Pretending to text when alone and feeling vulnerable in public.

Eworthy adj.

Of a person: worth emailing but not worth phoning or meeting.

Kanumbra n.

The sense that someone is standing behind you.

Ljubljana interj.

What people say to the dentist on the way out.

Loughborough n.

The false gusto with which children eat vegetables in adverts.

Sorrento n.

The thing that goes round and round as a YouTube video loads.

Uralla n.

A towel used as a bathmat.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057130169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571301690
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and, of course, QI. Jon Canter is a novelist and scriptwriter who has written for Lenny Henry, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Wilson and Dawn French, among others. His novels Seeds of Greatness, A Short Gentleman and Worth are published by Vintage.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Afterliff is the third in the Liff series started by John Lloyd and Douglas Adams and continues the good work of using carefully selected place names to define those little things in life that haven't currently got a word but deserve one.

This time around, contributions were sought from such luminaries as Sanjeev Bhaskar and Helen Fielding, as well as random people who just happened to be passing through (of which I am one).

It's a brilliant gift for anyone. The perfect Christmas present for maiden aunts (like me), nerds (again, me) or just the family nutter (I'm not doing myself any favours here...).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toilet Humour 18 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like the previous Liff-booklets, this one is perfectly suited to keep a copy in your bathroom/toilet. There's nothing like hearing peals of laughter emanating from that most private of rooms (and it helps obliterate inappropriate noises, too).
The only drawback is that it can cause queues of desperate, cross-legged people...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Husbands Bosworth 29 Aug 2013
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This is a worthy successor to the Deeper Meaning of Liff ( itself now reissued in hardback). Although for obvious reasons Douglas Adams is not a contributor this time around this is still a little gem of wit. Its particularly enjoyable to see definitions for nearby locations - Clent and Cleobury Mortimer in particular raise a smile. Perfect for dipping into.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for long dunning sessions 18 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
Thankfully the preceding reviews give me no cause to feel mannaus. This is a book to give to the inverarish, and to give to yourself as an antidote to the jackadgery encountered during your morning commute. It is a book to enjoy in your crunwear; a copy can easily be stowed in your boffles. It is ideal pre-shimpling reading, and comes thoroughly recommended to those henglers who abhor handling fish.

I guarantee that this book contains not one espelette, and I abjure you never to let it be left in the erquery.

If you don't know what I'm babbling about, you need this book. In fact, you need it no matter what.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as wonderful as the first two... 18 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
As one of the contributors I might be biased, but I really did read this one in one go, and laughed all the way through. I think we did proud by Douglas's memory and that's one of the biggest compliments I have to offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 14 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My husband's birthday present this year - he will love it!
We have the previous books and this one is even better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Rearda
Format:Hardcover
High chortle value. The third book to recycle under-used place names as nouns for all those experiences and items that we encounter every day but don't have a name for. This is extra good value as it comes with a free sticker (that's a real sticker, not some cheap overprinting). I'd suggest keeping one in the office as a stress-reducer, or maybe by the loo to prove you can multi-task.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afterliff and Yorkshire Liff - what a Birthday! 20 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
The Liff family keeps expanding, and long may it continue to do so. I received this book as a gift and read it all within a couple of days. I then moved on to the equally impressive Yorkshire Meaning of Liff which I devoured in a day! Keep them coming...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Liff is the name of the game
Great follow up from The meaning of Liff. This book is defiantly not a Manaus. It makes you smile and laugh out loud. I recommend you keep it by the loo. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr M I Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time, no problems. Ideal
Published 1 month ago by Simon Button
5.0 out of 5 stars Liff out load humour.
Still hilarious after all these years. As with its predecessors, The Meaning of Liff, it is recommended that you not read this on public transport for fear of guffawing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Side splittingly funny
I have Liff and More Liff and this is another great addition to the format. Some of the definitions are so funny - it's just difficult remembering them all!
Published 5 months ago by Richard Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Some very very good Liffs. some are essential for modern living and will enter the language. the best ones contain insight into everyday situations that has not been revealed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Rowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious like all the Meaning of Liff books.
Hilarious - i just love them all. I love this book.

Recommended to anyone with a good sense of humour.
Published 6 months ago by UK HEer
1.0 out of 5 stars Shocked that I'm the first 1 star rating
My mum bought me this book for Christmas and I have detested its presence in my bedroom ever since.
I came on here specifically to give it the bad review it deserves, and I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Francis O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars I was not left "Manaus" by this book!
The original "Meaning of Liff" (and the much larger "Deeper Meaning of Liff") very much solved the problem brought on by Great Wakering. Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. R. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars The meaning of Liff lives on
I wouldn't have thought there could be more definitions in need of a name after the Meaning of Liff, but I have been proved totally wrong. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Great Trilogy
I have all the books of Liff, and they are all really funny.
I have nothing more to say and don't like the fact that I have to type a certain amount of words to do a review.
Published 7 months ago by Alison Burnett
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