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The Deeper Meaning of Liff [Paperback]

Douglas Adams , John Lloyd
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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23 Oct 1992
The updated, revised edition of "The Meaning of Liff", with illustrations from "Private Eye" cartoonist Bert Kitchen.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 2Rev Ed edition (23 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330322206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330322201
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

John Lloyd is one of the most successful television comedy producers of all time, having been responsible for Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder, QI and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius! 20 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What a fantastic book - what a brilliant concept. Hundreds of words simply wasting their time hanging around on signposts. Hundreds of objects, situations, states of mind etc. for which there are no words in common use.

Two quick examples...

Have you ever walked along a street, only to encounter someone coming in the opposite direction, at which point you engage in a little dance that involves both of you skipping from side to side, interspersed with apologies? You have? Droitwich!

Those bits you find in bacon, that you only actually discover when you bite on them and break your teeth...? Beccles!

As for seeing someone you recognise at the opposite end of a long corridor, and judging when is just precisely the right time to let them know you've seen them... well I'll leave that for you to find out yourself.

This is a great, great book. One you can come back to time and time again, and always find yourself sniggering, or laughing out loud, or sometimes just nodding sagely (with a smirk at your mouth!).

If anything, The Deeper Meaning of Liff is not quite as good as the original Meaning of Liff, the former being a thicker version of the latter (extended by using words hanging around on non-British signposts), but if you don't have the original, you might as well buy this. It can only be 5 stars! Fantastic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a 'dictionary' of words for things or situations which there are no specific words yet. For example, Ipplepen - "A useless writing implement made by sellotaping 6 biros together which is supposed to make it easier to write 100 lines".
What makes this book totally brilliant and original is the shock of realisation that everything described in this book is totally familiar to us and yet we never give them a second thought. Until now. It is a book to be dipped into when you are tired of meandering through Middlemarch or bored of being bamboozled by Beckett, and you just want to put your brain in neutral. It's unashamedly light reading, but what of it. You pick it up and it makes you go 'ahhhh'. Douglas Adams's stamp is all over it - the book has a life of its own. Buy it NOW !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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If you've ever wondered why there isn't a word for the "pleasant coolness on the reverse side of the pillow" or for "standing in the kitchen wondering what you came in here for", here's your solution. Douglas Adams and John Lloyd have come up with the ultimate guide to situations and things well known to most of us which have so far not been properly named. Get it! You won't regret it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a work of genius. 24 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a great companion when touring the country. Look again at all those boring road signs and look up the definitions that have been assigned to them. Never again will journeys be dull. Witty, hilarious and some just down right rude, this is the work of a warped mind and it's brilliant! One of the most tumbed books in my collection. Every "Hitch Hikers Guide" fan will love this and so will others new to Adams' work. Not yet met anyone who didn't appreciate it.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Random, hilarious...the best book in the world. 12 Aug 2001
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Format:Paperback
Douglas Adams has already become famous with the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy with it's really random approach to the world in his classic sci-fi humour. In the Deeper Meaning of Liff, Douglas teams up with John LLoyd to make the ultimate in random and true humour. If things that are funny becasue they're true are you thing, then you will instantly fall in love with this book. There is not a single page where there isn't at least one word that will set you bursting out with laughter. All words are place names from around the word and some words even have illustrations to go with them. What should really be known as the random bible, The Deeper Meaning of Liff is a collection of common objects or experiences for which there is no word for it and damn, is it funny or what? Even the little bit at the beginning about the preface reprints is hilarious. So why not sit back when your bored, get the Deeper Meaning of Liff off the shelves and prepare to be laughing for ages, therefore making it the worst book to take to places where you must be quiet. Genius.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book had me helpless with laughter 27 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A wonderful concept. Douglas Adams and John Lloyd used actual place names from the UK and beyond, and then assigned meanings to them for situations and descriptions of things that don't have a word in the English Language.
That descrition doesn't do it justice really, but a quick read of a few of the definitions at my local book shop had me convinced (You'll be lucky to find it at a local bookshop these days, so buy it here).
I'm a major fan of all of Douglas Adams work, and this ranks right up with the best of them. It isn't a story like the Hitch-hikers 'trilogy' or Dirk Gently books, but it just bursting with Douglas' unique brand of humour. I was truly helpless with laughter.
Fantastic!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Save the language - recycle place names! 6 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
The idea behind The Meaning of Liff, first published in 1983, as well as The Deeper Meaning of Liff, which followed seven years later, is actually quite simple. As the authors put it: there are hundreds of common experiences, feelings, situations and even objects which we all know and recognize, but for which no word exists. On the other hand, the world is littered with thousands of spare words doing nothing but loafing about on signposts pointing at places.
Douglas Adams - the one of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy fame - and John Lloyd have done their best trying to pair the two. Just for the gusto, here's an example of dictionary entry: Wyoming (ptcpl.vb.) Moving in hurried desperation from one cubicle to another in a public lavatory trying to find one which has a lock on the door, a seat on the bowl and no brown streaks on the seat.
Although The Deeper Meaning of Liff is significantly expanded in size over the original, I guess I would choose the latter. While The Meaning of Liff mostly covers place names from the Britain, the expansions seem to be predominantly reaching abroad, resulting in somewhat diluted compendium. After all, there is some logic that English place names are fitting best in an English dictionary, isn't it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good
Published 15 days ago by S.O'Loughlin
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 loud !
Just as funny as the original liff, what more can I say except to warn that you that you may end up with an inadvertent wetwang from laughing so much when reading it.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Mj Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Funny enough for the price, not gut bustingly funny but about 20 percent of the words make you laugh hard.
Published 9 months ago by David_Liverpool
5.0 out of 5 stars For a friend
Bought this for a friend but after reading just the blurb I want it myself :D Well christmas is coming!
Published 9 months ago by Miss K Milligan
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Fun dictionary of Liff from one hell of a great author
Scr*w amazon and it's minimum word limit, seriously idiots
Published 11 months ago by Martin Holeysovskı
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly good - but somehow not quite as wonderful as the original
I was in on Liffs from the very beginning, having first encountered the concept in the form of the "Oxtail English Dictionary" in the "Not The 1982 Calendar". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catherine Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good way to spend a long dark teatime
A useful update to The Meaning of Liff which keenly anticipates the follow-up 30 years later. Should be kept by the bedside at all times.
Published 12 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviews
Pertaining to sundry ways of proving that nothing ever looks the same again, again, again, and again, or as it used to be when you once drove through it in the rain.
Published 12 months ago by James Church
4.0 out of 5 stars a good laugh
I remember friends at work laughing at this when it first came out. Its silly premise, of using place names for real things/sensations/nuances that don't have names hasn't dimmed... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephanie Calman
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