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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
As Radio 4 recently reminded us, it's thirty years since John Lloyd and Douglas Adams published The Meaning of Liff - a dictionary of all those universal concepts that SHOULD have names but for some reason inexplicably don't. For me, Hand Knitted Electricity: A Dictionary of Linguistic Absurdities, is the flip side of that lexicographical coin. If the one tickled you, then you should thoroughly enjoy the other. Crazy, surreal and irreverent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2013
When I need a quick giggle, I now know where to look! Dipping in and out of this book is as much fun as dipping in and out of your dad's secret stash of Everton Mints used to be. Or was that just me?!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2012
...and a rare, well-written book at a bargain price, a book that can be dipped into at any place and time. I only read up to `C` last night, had chuckles aplenty and said `ouch` a few times. Deserves to do well.
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on 7 April 2013
Quite how the author managed to intelligently identify, describe and magnify so many absurdities is beyond me. References in music, pop culture, computing, sports and headline news to name just a few, can all be contained in a single paragraph.

If the brains behind the Oxford Dictionary put their linguistic skills into a liquid form of witty entertainment, one might expect the result to reads something like this. Anyone who has the slightest interest in linguistics, or enjoys their hatred for the subject, will be thrilled.
And those who are indifferent will not be able to resist chuckling to themselves either.

Well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
very clever very funny a book to dip in and out of and have a good time i recommend it
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on 7 September 2013
Not as side splittingly funny as I had hoped, a bit too contrived.
I haven't actually finished it yet, I've started reading something else which is unusual for me, I'm usually a "onr at a time" person.
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on 25 July 2014
If you want to delve into the absurdities of the English language, there are better things to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
Not as good as the dictionary of Liff. Invented words do not score as highly as new interpreations of real words.
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