Look Inside. Does the sensation of Tingrith 1 make you yelp? Do you bend sympathetically when you see someone Ahenny 2? Can you deal with a Naugatuck 3 without causing a Toronto 4?
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In May , I began including a short word definition in my e-mail signature. Every few days, I update my signature to include a new word. Since I started doing this, many people have asked where the definitions come from, and could they please have a list of all of the word's that have appeared in my signature so far. Hence this web page. All of the words are actually place names, taken mostly from locations in the UK, but also from the rest of the planet. These place names are matched with meanings that don't yet have words of their own, usually with very humorous results.
The list below includes all of the words that have appeared in my signature at the time of writing. I do intend to update this list from time to time, but if you like this sample, you should probably buy the original books. Aasl eagh n. Aboyne vb. Abruzzo n. Acklins pl. Ahenny adj. Aigburth n. Aith n. Albacete n. Amlwch n. Ampus n. Anantnag vb. Badachonacher n.
Balemartine n. Bathel vb. Baughurst n. Bauple n. Beaulieu Hill n. Belding n. Any notice which reads 'Beware of the Belding' should be taken very, very seriously. Belper n. Bickerstaffe n. Many large corporations deliberately employ bickerstaffes in each department. Bishop's Caundle n. Bodmin n. Boinka n. Boolteens pl. Since they are never used and never thrown away boolteens account for a significant drain on the world's money supply.
Boscastle n. Brindle vb. Canudos n. Clenchwarton n. Climpy adj. Cloates Point n. Clun n. Cong n. Many authorities believe that congs provide conclusive proof of the exstence of a now extinct form of yellow vegetable which the Victorians used to boil mercilessly. Coodardy adj. Cotterstock n. Craboon vb. Cromarty n. Dalderby n. See A. Hedgehope, July 3rd. Dalfibble vb. Dalmilling ptcl. Darvel vb.
Deal n. Dewlish adj. Prunelike after an overlong bath. Dinder vb. Dipple vb. Dobwalls pl. Dorchester n. Draffan n. Duddo n. Dufton n. Duleek n. Dumboyne n. Dunino n. Dunster n. Duntish adj. Eads pl. Eakring ptcpl. East Wittering ptcpl. Ely n. Farnham n. Ferfer n. Finuge vb. Fiunary n. Fladderbister n. Foffarty adj. Foindle vb. Forsinain n. Fraddam n. Framlingham n. It is cunningly designed so that it can ring at full volume in the street without apparently disturbing anyone.
Other types of framlinghams are burglar alarms fitted to business premises in residential areas, which go off as a matter of regular routine at 5. Frating Green adj. Fremantle vb. One steals cars, money and silver. Fring n. Fritham n. The more you read it, the less it means to you. Frolesworth n. The minimum time it is necessary to spend frowning in deep concentration at each picture in an art gallery in order that everyone else doesn't think you're a complete moron.
Frosses pl. Fulking ptcpl. Gaffney n. Galashiels pl. Gammersgill n. Garrow n.
The Deeper Meaning of Liff
In May , I began including a short word definition in my e-mail signature. Every few days, I update my signature to include a new word. Since I started doing this, many people have asked where the definitions come from, and could they please have a list of all of the word's that have appeared in my signature so far. Hence this web page.
The Meaning of Liff
The book is a "dictionary of things 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 amusing story to someone without remembering that it was they who told it to you in the first place". The book cover usually bears the tagline "This book will change your life", either as part of its cover or as an adhesive label.
Douglas Adams's Meaning of Liff redefined
Almost 30 years after Douglas Adams first let us in on The Meaning of Liff in his dictionary of "things that there should be words for but aren't", the late author's friends and family have come together to compile a new volume of "spare words". Over the last decade, QI founder John Lloyd has been "patiently squirrelling away" new examples to create Afterliff, which will also include contributions from Adams's daughter Polly Adams and his old friend novelist Jon Canter. The original Meaning of Liff, and its sequel The Deeper Meaning of Liff, set out to find a use for the "spare words which spend their time doing nothing but loafing about on signposts pointing at places". For instance, any book the dust jacket of which bears the words. Other notable examples include "ripon", which is "to include all the best jokes from the book in a review to make it look as if the critic thought of them", "pulverbatch", which is "the first paragraph on the blurb of a dust-jacket in which famous authors claim to have had a series of menial jobs in their youth", and "Ainderby Quernhow", which is "one who continually bemoans the 'loss' of the word 'gay' to the English language, even though they had never used the word in any context at all until they started complaining they couldn't use it any more". Adams explained in The Salmon of Doubt how the practice of assigning a meaning to the name of a town originated from an English exercise he had to do at school, which was turned into a game when he was on holiday in Greece with Lloyd. It simply doesn't recognise huge wodges of human experience," wrote Adams.
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