The Meaning of Liff at 30
- United Kingdom
More informationThis year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Meaning of Liff, by John Lloyd and Douglas Adams. This funny and well-loved dictionary uses placenames as new definitions for common experiences which we all know and recognize, but for which no words exist.
John Lloyd talks to Matt Lucas about his love of Liff, and will also gather new entries from the Radio 4 audience. These will then be chewed over and sifted down by John and fellow judges Sanjeev Bhaskar, Helen Fielding and Terry Jones.
John will also share the bizarre and wonderful story of how he and Douglas came to write The Meaning of Liff - much of it in Donna Summer's beach house.
And Professor Steven Pinker - Liff devotee - talks about the psychological relief and sense of bonding that comes from recognising that you're not alone in having these thoughts and feelings.
Producer Beth O'Dea.