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11th Apr '13 2:43:40 PM Xtifr
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''The Meaning of Liff'' is a book by DouglasAdams and BBC producer John Lloyd, which uses place names as {{Neologism}}s. Based on a conversation Adams and Lloyd had while on holiday, which was based on a school assignment Adams was given, which may have been based on an essay by Paul Jennings, ''Ware, Wye and Watford''.

Some of ''Liff'''s definitions originally appeared in the ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' calender and "glossop" and "scrogs" are mentioned in the additional material in the ''{{Blackadder}}: The Whole Damn Dynasty'' script book. (Lloyd directed both shows).

An expanded version was published as ''The Deeper Meaning Of Liff''.

TropeNamer for {{Zeerust}}.
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!!'''This book also provides examples of, or words for''':

* AbstractScale: Several words define the measurement of something that can't be measured.
* ApologisesALot - Greeley.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - The definition for "nacton" gives the examples "Fish 'n' Chips", "Mix 'n' Match" and "Assault 'n' Battery".
* BrilliantButLazy - Ible.
* CutHimselfShaving - Sluggan is when you really ''did'' walk into a door, but no-one believes you.
* HomeMadeSweaterFromHell - Jurby.
* IgnoreTheDisability - Wigan. From an ITN newsreader with a DodgyToupee who was supposedly always given stories about that town.
* {{Mondegreen}} - Woolfardisworthy. From ''{{Hamlet}}'':
-->When he himself might his quietus make,
-->With a bare bodkin? Who woolfardisworthy,
-->To grunt and sweat under a wary life.
* LiteralCliffHanger - A grimmit is the small bush cartoon characters cling onto.
* SevenMinuteLull - The measurement of the embarassment caused is a "lullworth".
* ShaggyDogStory - Gildersome, a joke that starts off well, but which the listener tires of after half an hour.
* TheShill - Tigharry, specifically in the three-card trick.
* SpannerInTheWorks - Aboyne.
* TheTalk - Ambleside.
* ThisProductWillChangeYourLife - Liff itself.
* TranslationYes - The definition of "pen-tre-tefarn-y-fedw", which is apparently a direct translation from Welsh, and runs to three lines.
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''The Meaning of Liff'' is a book by DouglasAdams and BBC producer John Lloyd, which uses place names as {{Neologism}}s. Based on a conversation Adams and Lloyd had while on holiday, which was based on a school assignment Adams was given, which may have been based on an essay by Paul Jennings, ''Ware, Wye and Watford''.

Some of ''Liff'''s definitions originally appeared in the ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' calender and "glossop" and "scrogs" are mentioned in the additional material in the ''{{Blackadder}}: The Whole Damn Dynasty'' script book. (Lloyd directed both shows).

An expanded version was published as ''The Deeper Meaning Of Liff''.

TropeNamer for {{Zeerust}}.
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!!'''This book also provides examples of, or words for''':

* AbstractScale: Several words define the measurement of something that can't be measured.
* ApologisesALot - Greeley.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - The definition for "nacton" gives the examples "Fish 'n' Chips", "Mix 'n' Match" and "Assault 'n' Battery".
* BrilliantButLazy - Ible.
* CutHimselfShaving - Sluggan is when you really ''did'' walk into a door, but no-one believes you.
* HomeMadeSweaterFromHell - Jurby.
* IgnoreTheDisability - Wigan. From an ITN newsreader with a DodgyToupee who was supposedly always given stories about that town.
* {{Mondegreen}} - Woolfardisworthy. From ''{{Hamlet}}'':
-->When he himself might his quietus make,
-->With a bare bodkin? Who woolfardisworthy,
-->To grunt and sweat under a wary life.
* LiteralCliffHanger - A grimmit is the small bush cartoon characters cling onto.
* SevenMinuteLull - The measurement of the embarassment caused is a "lullworth".
* ShaggyDogStory - Gildersome, a joke that starts off well, but which the listener tires of after half an hour.
* TheShill - Tigharry, specifically in the three-card trick.
* SpannerInTheWorks - Aboyne.
* TheTalk - Ambleside.
* ThisProductWillChangeYourLife - Liff itself.
* TranslationYes - The definition of "pen-tre-tefarn-y-fedw", which is apparently a direct translation from Welsh, and runs to three lines.
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23rd Mar '12 2:30:48 PM PancticeSquadCutterback
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* ThisTropeWillChangeYourLife - Liff itself.

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* ThisTropeWillChangeYourLife ThisProductWillChangeYourLife - Liff itself.
10th Dec '11 1:44:14 PM LouieW
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* IgnoreTheDisability - Wigan. From an ITN newsreader with a DodgyToupee who was supposedly always given stories about that town.



* SammysGlassEye - Wigan. From an ITN newsreader with a DodgyToupee who was supposedly always given stories about that town.
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