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The original Meaning of Liff, and its sequel The Deeper Meaning of Liff, set out to find msaning use for the “spare words which spend their time doing nothing but loafing about on signposts pointing at places”.

A person who can be relied upon to be doing worse than you. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A leg which has gone to sleep and has to be hauled around after you. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to Seeitself based on a radio series.

Almost 30 years after Douglas Adams first let us in on The Meaning of Liff in his dictionary of “things that there should be words for but aren’t”, the late author’s friends and family have come together to compile a new volume of “spare words”.

And it’s not the great tosson, so it fits on your bookshelf just nice and kentucky. The sludgy bits in the bottom of a dustbin, underneath the actual bin liner. I do intend to update this list from time to time, but if you like this sample, you should probably buy the original books. Ina Dutch version was published under the title Kunt U Breukelen?

Hannah Griffiths, who acquired Lloyd’s new “dictionary” for Faber, said: According to Adams’ account, the idea behind The Meaning of Liff grew out of an old school game and started when he and Lloyd were on holiday together in Corfu in during the writing of the first Hitchhiker’s novel.

Extracts from the Meaning of Liff

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The Meaning of Liff

A form of particularly long sparse sideburns which are part of the mandatory turnout of British Rail guards. To relate an amusing story to someone without remembering that it was they who told it to you in the first place. The most deformed potato in any given collection of potatoes. The ancient Eastern art of being able to fold road maps properly. One who offers to help after all the work has been done. All the terms meankng actual places–many being towns in England and America–and the definitions for things and happenings for which there was no single term for beforehand.

The title of the book was chosen to be very similar to Monty Python ‘s film The Meaning of Life that was being produced at the same time, after Douglas Adams called Terry Jones to ask if it would be OK. To spend large swathes of your life looking for car keys. Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanicwhich was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones.

Someone you don’t want to be friends with who rings you up at eight-monthly intervals and suggests you get together soon. We enjoyed the process of receiving liffs from the public so much that to celebrate Afterliff we’re running a monthly competition to win a signed copy of Afterliff!

A revised and expanded edition of the original book, with about twice as many definitions, was published in as The Deeper Meaning of Liff UK Edition: One who constantly needs to be re-persuaded of something they’ve already agreed to. The shade of green which is supposed to make you feel comfortable in hospitals, industrious in schools and uneasy in police stations.

The tapping movements of an index finger on glass made by a person futilely attempting to communicate with either a tropical fish or a Post Office clerk. The first, tiniest inkling that something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong. Any piece of readily identifiable anatomy found amongst cooked meat.

Apr 28, Maria rated it really liked it Shelves: A letter to the editor made meaningless because it wdams to a previous letter you didn’t read. The ability to say ‘No, there’s absolutely nothing the matter, what could possibly be the matter?

The single bristle that aeams out sideways on a cheap paintbrush. Marvelous, silly, ridiculous fun with the English language, as only can be had with the English language. Sep 28, Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it it was amazing Shelves: The noise made by a lightbulb that has just shone its last.


Continually thd small talk to someone who is trying to read a book.

Douglas Adams’s Meaning of Liff redefined

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Only on page 11 and find that I can safely and assuredly rate ‘The Meaning of Liff’ 5 out of 5. This book made me go all gallipoli.

To ask other readers questions about The Meaning of Liffplease sign up. Not that Mr Adams was a huge friend of the plot, if he said hello to a plot and held out his arms open to it, then one could be sure that it was with the idea in his mind of tripping it up and sending it sprawling towards the dog’s bed. The small awkward-shaped piece of cheese which remains after grating a large regular-shaped piece of chesse, and which enables you to grate your fingers.

The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams

Mar 02, Chalchihut rated it it was amazing. It is reassuring to realise that everybody is as stupid as you are and that all we are doing when we are standing in the kitchen wondering what we came in here for is ‘woking’.

Adams’ idea was that the potential confusion with the film’s script would help to sell more copies of the book. The Meaning of Liff: The purpose of pitsligo is for them to demonstrate their manhood by displaying the wet patches under their arms. The astonishment experienced on seeing a word you’d never come across before twice in the same day. Mentally incapacitated by a severe hangover.

On the other hand, the world is littererd with thousands of spare douglaz which spend their time doing nothing but loafing about on signposts pointing at places. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Afterliff adms the brilliant successor to Douglas Adams’ and John Lloyd’s classic and features over essential new definitions.