The MN meaning of Liff

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Douglas Adams and John Lloyd wrote a book called The Meaning of Liff that used existing place names to give names to commonly recognised feelings, experiences and objects that didn't already have a word for them.

For example:

Cotterstock - a piece of wood used to stir paint and thereafter stored uselessly in a shed in perpetuity.

I was thinking last night, as I stood behind my 3.5 year old daughter sort of herding/hooshing her upstairs to the bath avoiding a variety of potential distractions, there ought to be a word for this.

And then I thought, there are probably loads of commonly recognised parenting phemonema that could be 'Liffed'.

I browsed google maps this morning and came up with the following place name/ definition combos but would love to know yours too...

Kirtling - benign kettling required to keep small child going in the direction you need them to.

Poxwell - act of knowingly covering up of active chicken pox spots in order to make a quick dash into shop for milk or make an international plane flight home.

Ousden - constant flow of greeny/silver snot from small boys, the trail said snot leaves on the shoulders of all of your clothes; 'ooh, hang on, you've got a bit of ousden on that shirt'.

I am sure there must be good definitions for:

Two Mile Bottom
Throop
Weeley
Little Clacton and Great Clacton

And good place names for:

The poo that takes out an entire outfit.

The child-related objects (spare pants, raisins, playmobile duchesses) that fall out of your handbag in important business situations.

The face that teenagers pull when you suggest a healthy walk after lunch.

stubbornstains Thu 02-Jun-11 16:27:42

Nunney Catch: pre-childbirth fanjo

Nether Wallop: same post-childbirth

stubbornstains Thu 02-Jun-11 16:28:52

Ventongimps: Cornish rubberwear enthusiasts. Subject of prurient post-watershed C4 documentaries.

stubbornstains Thu 02-Jun-11 16:29:38

Gweek: the involuntary noise you make as you recall your most embarrassing incident, ever.

stubbornstains Thu 02-Jun-11 16:31:44

Wiveliscombe (pron. Wivliskum): cheerful insubordination from toddlers, as bouncing up and down on sofa giggling whilst ignoring repeated requests to put toys away...

stubbornstains Thu 02-Jun-11 16:32:15

Splatt: Total loss of ice cream cone on hot pavement.

stubbornstains Thu 02-Jun-11 16:32:57

Zoar: Magic space stick, for purposes of bashing.

JetLi Fri 10-Jun-11 16:35:41

Primrose Valley = a freshly washed lady garden

JetLi Fri 10-Jun-11 17:17:17

Gardham = the act of secreting sandwich fillings in a hidden corner of the fridge behind the pickle & the unpleasant fat free salad dressing no-one will eat
High Gardham = a Gardham for noble purposes - eg. saving the good parma for A Special Occasion
Low Gardham = hiding the parma for private snaffling whilst feeding beans on toast to the rest of the family

JetLi Fri 10-Jun-11 17:23:12

Hanging Grimston = the undercarriage of a toddlers nappy after 10 hours sleep plus breakfast

JetLi Fri 10-Jun-11 18:01:25

Nether Haugh = Having one ass cheek hanging out of the bottom of your pants, can occasionally be accompanied by e Knockbrex (see above)

HauntyMython Sun 13-Nov-11 20:41:58

I was just reminded of this (I was WobblyWidgetOnTheScooper) when dad for some reason mentioned Chipping Sodbury. Had to look up the thread and I've been snorting in an unattractive manner laughing since then. Thought I'd bump it for anyone who didn't see it before. smile

GeekLove Sun 15-Jan-12 00:23:21

Towcester - plural noun for a group of tossers

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