The Meaning of Liff
The Meaning of Liff is a humorous dictionary written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, published in 1983.
It is "[a] dictionary of things that there aren't any words for yet". All the words listed are place names, and describe common feelings and objects for which there is no current word. A typical example is:
- Shoeburyness (abs.n.)
- The vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat which is still warm from somebody else's bottom
According to Adams' account in The Salmon of Doubt
, the Meaning of Liff grew out of an old school game, and started when he and Lloyd were on holiday together. The book is named after the place Liff.