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The Deeper Meaning of Liff: A Dictionary of Things There Aren’t Any Words for Yet–But There Ought to Be [Douglas Adams, John Lloyd] on Editorial Reviews. From the Inside Flap. Does the sensation of Tingrith(1) make you yelp? This edition has been revised and updated, and includes The Deeper Meaning of Liff, giving fresh appeal to Douglas Adams and John Lloyd’s . The Meaning of Liff has ratings and reviews. Joshua Nomen-Mutatio said: When I first encountered this book in a friend’s bathroom I definitely.

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The book is a “dictionary of yhe that there aren’t any words for yet”. All the words listed are toponyms and describe common feelings and objects for which there is no current English word. Examples are Shoeburyness “The vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat that is still warm from somebody else’s bottom” and Plymouth “To relate an adamms story to someone without remembering that it was they who told it to you in the first place”.

The Meaning of Liff (Meaning of Liff, #1) by Douglas Adams

The book adam usually bears the tagline “This book will change your life”, either as part of its cover or as an adhesive label. Liff a village near Dundee in Scotland is then defined in the book as “A book, the contents of which are totally belied by its cover. For instance, any book the dust jacket of which bears the words, ‘This book will change your life’.


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. Essentially the same idea was used by the English humourist Paul Jennings in an article Ware, Wye, Watfordpublished in the late s. Adams speculated that the teacher who originated the school game may have done so after reading the article.

He sent a note of apology to Jennings.

The book was released in the UK in November in time for the Christmas market. It was a commercial success for Pan Books.

Douglas Adams. The Meaning of Liff

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.

Adams’ idea was that the potential confusion with the xouglas script would help to sell more copies of the book. 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: The main differences between the two editions for either version of the book are those of American English v. British English spellings, though The Deeper Meaning of Liff contains different definitions for both the word “Glossop” and the titular word “Liff”.


Another edition in the series, Afterliffhas been released, with more entries contributed by Lloyd, Jon Canter and Douglas Adams’ daughter Polly. adamd

On 15 Augusta 30th anniversary deluxe edition was published. The meanings are translated from the original but are matched to place names that convey the humorous effect in German. Ina Dutch version was published under the title Kunt U Breukelen?

The book used place names mainly from the Netherlands, as well as a handful from neighbouring Belgium and Luxembourg. There was no hardback edition, and neither was The Deeper Meaning of Liff adapted for the Dutch market. It was reissued in with a different cover.

The Meaning of Liff

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This page was last edited on 7 Septemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The original UK cover of the book, with sticker. Douglas Adams John Lloyd.