The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things That There Aren't Any Words for Yet

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The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things That There Aren't Any Words for Yet

Does the sensation of Tingrith1 make you yelp Do you bend sympathetically when you see someone Ahenny2 Can you deal with a Naugatuck3 without causing a Toronto4 Will you suffer from Kettering5 this summer
Probably. You are almost certainly familiar with all these experiences but just didn't know that there are words for them. Well, in fact, there aren'tor rather there weren't, until Douglas Adams and John Lloyd decided to plug these egregious linguistic lacunae6. They quickly realized that just as there are an awful lot of experiences that no one has a name for, so there are an awful lot of names for places you will never need to go to. What a waste. As responsible citizens of a small and crowded world, we must all learn the virtues of recycling7 and put old, worn-out but still serviceable names to exciting, vibrant, new uses. This is the book that does that for you: "The Deeper Meaning of Liff"a whole new solution to the problem of Great Wakering8 1The feeling of aluminum foil against your fillings.
2The way people stand when examining other people's bookshelves.
3A plastic packet containing shampoo, mustard, etc., which is impossible to open except by biting off
the corners.
4Generic term for anything that comes out in a gush, despite all your efforts to let it out carefully, e.g., flour into a white sauce, ketchup onto fish, a dog into the yard, and another naughty meaning that we can't put on the cover.
5The marks left on your bottom and thighs after you've been sitting sunbathing in a wicker chair.
6God knows what this means
7For instance, some of this book was first published in Britain twenty-six years ago.
8Look it up yourself.


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Title The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things That There Aren't Any Words for Yet
Author Douglas Adams
ISBN-13 9780330316064
ISBN-10 0330316064
Publisher Pan Books
Language English
Edition NA
Height 242 mm
Width 160 mm
Thickness 20 mm
Binding Hardcover
Pages 146