Friday 2 August 2013


I have a certain predilection for absurdist geography, be that twinning Irish counties with Oblasts in Ukraine and Belarus or assigning each EU state with national underwear.  So you may imagine my delight at seeing the imminent publication of a sequel to The Meaning of Liff in which Douglas Adams and John Lloyd used names of real places as labels for real phenomena that hadn't been named yet. That book was published 30 years ago and was celebrated on the BBC this last February.

Douglas Adams sadly died several years ago, but John Lloyd has teamed up with John Canter to deliver another list of things that need to be named.  It's called Afterliff, it's available as a pre-order on Amazon, but won't be published or shipped until 15th August.  But you'd better get in quick: between 0900hrs this morning and 1600hrs this afternoon Afterliff surged from 1350 to 878 on the Amazon bestsellers rank.

Here's a preview:
Anglesey n. Hypothetical object at which a lazy eye is looking.
Badlesmeare n. One who dishonestly ticks the 'I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions' box.
Caterham n. An overwhelming desire to use the Pope's hat as an oven glove.
Clavering ptcpl v. Pretending to text when alone and feeling vulnerable in public.
Eworthy adj. Of a person: worth emailing but not worth phoning or meeting.
Kanumbra n. The sense that someone is standing behind you.
Ljubljana interj. What people say to the dentist on the way out.
Loughborough n. The false gusto with which children eat vegetables in adverts.
Sorrento n. The thing that goes round and round as a YouTube video loads.
Uralla n. A towel used as a bathmat.


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