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My favourite ballycumber*

Advantages: Linguistic high jinks
Disadvantages: Air of public school prankery

...Only six inches tall and seven inches around, it has given me consistent pleasure for over 20 years. I refer, of course, to The Meaning of Liff, a slim volume with a simple idea: take a load of place names and make up definitions for them, mainly things w ...

Silverback 05.03.2005 · Read full review
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Review of The Meaning of Liff - Douglas Adams, John Lloyd

This book will change your life . . .

Advantages: Hilariously funny. Highly original.
Disadvantages: Some definitions are dated.

...Liff (n) a book with a sticker which completely belies its contents, such as one which says "this book will change your life" (the early editions of The Meaning of Liff came with just such a sticker). This hilarious book will change your life though, hone ...

drewish 02.07.2005 · Read full review
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Review of The Meaning of Liff - Douglas Adams, John Lloyd

Hooray for English Eccentricity

Advantages: Genuinely funny and very clever
Disadvantages: Not enough... I need more...

If you appreciate the humour of Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy and the adventures of Dirk Gently, the Holistic Detective, then this is an excellent addition to your collection of Douglas Adams' books. Co-written with John Lloyd, the idea behind The ...

Salgirl 02.05.2001 · Read full review
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Review of The Meaning of Liff - Douglas Adams, John Lloyd

Firmly uninformative!

Advantages: Fantastically funny, very original.
Disadvantages: There's a 90:10 ratio of words that are really funny, and then really not...

...book; it belongs to my Dad, a present from his Mum, and he didn't want me reading it because I think I was only 5 and it had the word 'fuck' in it. But i found it on a shelf one day, and opened the front cover, and saw a ...

Smitty83 08.10.2007 · Read full review
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Review of The Meaning of Liff - Douglas Adams, John Lloyd

Mostly Pointless

Advantages: Funny
Disadvantages: Pointless

...Mostly Pointless = In 1755 Dr Samuel Johnson published the first dictionary of the English language. Since then the great and the good have made many revisions. There are still two things wrong with the English dictionary. 1. There are ...

lilmsnaughty1979 06.10.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Meaning of Liff - Douglas Adams, John Lloyd