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The Meaning of Liff

The Meaning of Liff [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Adams , John Lloyd
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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The Meaning of Liff has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since it was first published in 1983, and remains a much-loved humour classic. This new definitive edition celebrates the 30th anniversary and ties in with a brand-new book of definitions, Afterliff, from John Lloyd and another old friend of Douglas Adams, Jon Cantor.

In life, there are hundreds of familiar experiences, feelings and objects for which no words exist, yet hundreds of strange words are idly loafing around on signposts, pointing at places. The Meaning of Liff connects the two.

Berriwillock n.
An unknown workmate who writes 'All the best' on your leaving card.

Ely n.
The first, tiniest inkling that something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong.

Grimbister n.
Large body of cars on a motorway all travelling at exactly the speed limit because one of them is a police car.

Kettering n.
The marks left on your bottom or thighs after sunbathing on a wickerwork chair.

Ockle n.
An electrical switch which appears to be off in both positions.

Woking ptcpl.vb.
Standing in the kitchen wondering what you came in here for.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752227599
  • Publisher: Boxtree (3 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEHE7W6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some light reading 6 Feb 2003
It's the perfect book to carry around with you and pass the odd minute here or there, at the bus stop, waiting to be called at the doctors office, just as long as you don't mind peolple staring at you when you hit a really funny one and start smiling and laughing to yourself.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading. 2 Nov 2003
By Lady H
First read the original version on the York to London train in April 1984, and by Stevenage was reading it aloud to my half of the carriage. My four children have been brought up on scullets, duddos, aboynes, goosnarge, kent expressions and, of course, clixbys. I have frequently been threatened with matricide for being exessively spreakly, but have never been accused of a ditherington. My husband has a fondness for my budbys, and has had consirable experience of poonas. I've had plenty of episodes of silesia, been occasionally duntish after being extremely solent, endured many a hoylake, committed the occasional hidcote bartram and have often been observed kelling. I'm also very adept at losing things in fiunaries. Anyone who understands some - or most of this - is at least as sad as I am, but probably, also like me, has more fun in life than many people.. Now have a copy of the Deeper Meaning, but haven't learned as many new words now my family have grown & flown. I still think a runcorn could be an athletes affliction, slimbridge a dieter's scales, and saundersfoot the irritating tapping made someone who is enjoying the sort of music you can't stand! Maybe they'll be an Even Deeper Meaning of Liff?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you will ever need - almost 25 Nov 1999
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm now on my second copy having worn out the first. It's travelled with me throughout the world and made me laugh even on the most boring flights and in the most tedious airport. Can be used anywhere when you want to embarrass yourself by laughing out loud.
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159 of 183 people found the following review helpful
I am deeply disappointed that both books are still in circulation. The Deeper Meaning of Liff (TDMOF) is an updated edition of The Meaning of Liff (TMOF), it contains all the definitions found in TMOF and a significant number more. So why oh why is TMOF still being sold???? Don't make the same mistake I did, I bought both together.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Quite simply one of the very cleverest books. Have you ever read a dictionary? Did you remember much? No?
Well, this effect extends to TMOL (The Meaning Of Liff), because it is a 'dictionary' like no other.
All those needed but un-named words that describe everyday situations (standing in the kitchen, wondering why you are there = "Woking") have been listed and described without coining a single word.
By re-using place names no new words have been created, only new meanings. Humorous meanings, mostly, although some are plain waspish! The authors take their revenge on people and places that have (presumably) given offence.
And the advantage of the dictionary format is that all this wisdom and humour can be read and re-read almost indefinitely, since it is (after all) so hard to remember things when you read a dictionary. This small book will pass time for ages, and every loo should have one. Also suitable for cars, boats, and (especially) light aircraft with luggage limits.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique....a must-read for the humour-hungry 22 Oct 2001
The meaning of Liff is unputdownable...not as much as in the best seller sense as a cigarette will go back for the same stuff just because of its power of unalloyed joy
this book is a great party tool...can recollect the hours through several nights when 'Liff' has generated near-death experiences due to abdominal seizures of laughter..when one reads out and others get ready for getting convulsed and hit the floor
absolutely priceless creation..a different flavour of genius from the hitchhiker theme
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a bible for wordplay fans 14 May 2001
By A Customer
One of the wittiest, cleverest books I have seen in such a slim volume. All the words you'll never need are found in here. Hours of entertainment - Adams at his inventive best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Meaning of Liff 17 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Listened to a Radio 4 program on the making of this book and found it fascinating. Not a laugh out read, more a coffee table book to dip into every now and then.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Liff is Triff
Laugh out load hilarity from a simple but brilliant idea. One of the funniest "dip in" books of all time.
Published 6 days ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius!!!
A must for any Douglas Adams fan! Just fantastically funny and amusing and at the same time very educational!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Natalie Bodley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent entertainment, this book is just as I remembered first time around - I'm still laughing at the funny meanings :-)
Published 2 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars A requested present for my grandson.
He was delighted with it! He is a Douglas Adams fan and so am because his is humour is unique
Published 2 months ago by J. C. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN
I bought this for a friend, a great reader, who was having a serious shoulder operation. I reckoned she wouldn't be up for tackling a long novel but might need a smile or two.
Published 2 months ago by Lesley Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars The Meaning of Liff is a laugh.
How do they ever think of all those meanings for everyday places, I will not be able to look at sign posts again without a laugh, my Wife does not understand.
Published 4 months ago by HJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you want a laugh
I've read this before, and bought this copy for my dad's 92nd birthday. It's a hilarious book that I have given to other people previously on birthdays. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Sock Puppet
This book is wonderful, however I should declare an interest, as my contribution, (Balerno), is included. I actually got a free copy, but bought 3, to give out as Chrimmy pressies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GLMiller
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love this, absolutely hilarious although I guess that depends on your sense of humour. If you're a fan of Douglas Adams work, or indeed John Lloyd's, you won't be disappointed.
Published 6 months ago by Teed
5.0 out of 5 stars present
I bought this as a present for a friend in Australia because it's one of those "must have" essential books.
Published 6 months ago by erica
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