LIFF (n.) A book, the contents of which are totally belied by its cover.
December 1, 2011 11:40 AM Subscribe
posted by filthy light thief (18 comments total)
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"In Life, there are many hundreds of common experiences, feelings, situations and even objects which we all know and recognize, but for which no words exist.
On the other hand, the world is littered with thousands of spare words which spend their time doing nothing but loafing about on signposts pointing at places.
Our job, as we see it, is to get these words down off the signposts and into the mouths of babes and sucklings and so on, where they can start earning their keep in everyday conversation and make a more positive contribution to society. " -- Douglas Adams
, on The Meaning of Liff
. And because it's Adams, there are some internet pages for your enjoyment.Some folks have copied a few of the entries
, giving you snippets of Liff. Then there are longer lists
(as linked above the break
, and available here
as words with definitions behind the links). If you want your Liff digitally, but off-line, there's a Windows Help file version
, and various fans have taken photographs of experiences from Liff
, in that there Flickr group. Fans have also compiled their own lists
of meanings paired with useless place names
, making for Liff ever-lasting.
There's also an entry in The Salmon of Doubt
that talks about the origins of Liff
(Google Books, also on some weird sites that grabbed a bunch of the text but didn't really bother with formatting
Finally, a (surprisingly) short TVTropes page on The Meaning of Liff