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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 Paperback – April 19, 2005


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307236013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307236012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams was the bestselling author of many works including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, recently released as a major motion picture. He died in 2001.

John Lloyd is (he says) Britain’s most successful television comedy producer since Chaucer and is responsible for Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder, among others.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Primoz Peterlin on December 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The idea behind The Meaning of Liff, first published in 1983, as well as The Deeper Meaning of Liff, which followed seven years later, is actually quite simple. As the authors put it: there are hundreds of common experiences, feelings, situations and even objects which we all know and recognize, but for which no word exists. On the other hand, the world is littered with thousands of spare words doing nothing but loafing about on signposts pointing at places.
Douglas Adams - the one of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy fame - and John Lloyd have done their best trying to pair the two. Just for the gusto, here's an example of dictionary entry: Wyoming (ptcpl.vb.) Moving in hurried desperation from one cubicle to another in a public lavatory trying to find one which has a lock on the door, a seat on the bowl and no brown streaks on the seat.
Although The Deeper Meaning of Liff is significantly expanded in size over the original, I guess I would choose the latter. While The Meaning of Liff mostly covers place names from the Britain, the expansions seem to be predominantly reaching abroad, resulting in somewhat diluted compendium. After all, there is some logic that English place names are fitting best in an English dictionary, isn't it?
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have only been able to read this book by uploading it from different websites. However, in response to the question of WHERE CAN I FIND THE FIRST ONE? you already have it. I've seen reviews and summaries that explain that the deeper meaning of liff is just the original meaning of liff but with extra entries. Realizing this has cleared up a lot of confusion on my part, and i hope it helps out others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2013
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A hugely funny and original idea, wittily expressed, that makes me cry with laughter. I particularly love the definitions that apply to the place of my birth, Sutton and Cheam. I don't think "genius" is too extreme for the quality of this work: the apex of British humour and Weltanschauung. Don't be scared by that earnest endorsement ... it is just that I sense that the concept and its realization appeal to a particular set of sensibilities, and my English friends and relations love it while some more solemn friends do not, alas, get it. I know that I will treasure this book and return to it often. It is very dippable-into - but on the other hand, I find once I look, I can't stop reading "just one more".
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This book is full of rather witty reassignments for place names that aren't being used for much anyway. How often have all of us wished there was a good word to describe a thing, a phenomenon, or a feeling? Isn't the world a better place now that we have Douglas Adams's answer to this puzzling problem? Isn't it nice to know that a grimsby is a lump of gristle that is either in your food through careless cooking or sometimes placed there deliberately by Freemasons? Or that a sidcup is one of those hats you make out of a handkerchief with the corners tied in knots? I don't know about you, but I'm glad to know that someone has done this . . . and on top of that, it's roaringly funny sometimes, prompting a reader to bookmark favorite words and read them out loud to similarly minded friends. It's got that very typical English "scent" to its language, as well, and the maps in the beginning that get sillier and sillier as you go on are priceless.
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By Christine Bossart on June 9, 2014
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I really like this book. It is one of those sit and relax books. The author has a sense of humor.
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douglas adams is my favorite author. he just saw the world a little differently than everyone else and the universe was his oyster. this book was quite different than his other works because of the subject matter, but he still wrote it in his style and kept it pretty damn funny.
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Any Douglas Adams book is worth buying, keeping, gifting and reading. To bad he died because I am sure there would have been many more great books by him.
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I have to qualify the 5 star rating. This is not a book you read cover to cover. Rather it is best enjoyed in small doses. Also if you are unfamiliar with Douglas Adams I would suggest starting with the Hitchhiker's Guide. However if you are a die hard fan and just can't get enough silliness then this is a good one to get.
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