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The original, ground-breaking pocket editon of LIFF,
This review is from: The Meaning of Liff: The Original Dictionary Of Things There Should Be Words For (Paperback)
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.