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.

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

Towcester - plural noun for a group of tossers

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

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)

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 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 16:35:41

Primrose Valley = a freshly washed lady garden

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

Zoar: Magic space stick, for purposes of bashing.

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

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

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 16:29:38

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

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

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

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

Nunney Catch: pre-childbirth fanjo

Nether Wallop: same post-childbirth

MardyBra Tue 31-May-11 16:19:05

Peebles Any pebbles used in a twee home decorating context. Also applies to glass pebbles in vases.

jugglingwiththreeshoes Wed 18-May-11 08:14:04

Chipping Sodbury, when you think, sod it, it's been a long day, let's get chips grin As in "doing a Chipping Sodbury"

Great Bookham - When your DP makes you go through the bookcase and you decide you can live without your 1983 Guinness Book of Records, so you take it to the charity shop, but can't resist buying three paperbacks.

Ballyliffin - Cleaning the loo brush in the dishwasher.

Ballymena - when the lady in the National Trust teashop gives you the smallest slice of cake.

Ballybunion - when you reject a Ballymena and ask for the biggest piece instead.

nagynolonger Sun 15-May-11 15:12:54

Mablethorpe - An elderly maiden auntie who your 10+ DCs do not want to visit because it's so boring.

hairtwiddler Sun 15-May-11 14:15:18

We passed through Little Bavington earlier today. The older child who you watch pushing over your child at soft play, then cries and claims your child him him/her first.

tracyvontrapp Sun 15-May-11 13:07:39

Walberswick - a family picnic memorable for all the wrong reasons, probably ending in a big row (from the infamous Walberswick Incident of '98)

Mercedes519 Sun 15-May-11 08:32:52

balls cross the feeling your DH claims after he got his hopes up with a horninghold but you have to get up/go back to sleep

GentleOtter Sun 15-May-11 07:41:52

Culbokie - the brief moment between feeling nauseous and then actually being sick.

peeriebear Sat 14-May-11 22:13:06

I haven't seen the book for years, thanks for the reminder! I found Kettering to be incredibly apt (the pattern on your thighs from sitting on a wicker chair) and still use it. Also applies to the fabric pattern imprinted on your cheek after falling asleep on the sofa.

Milkycheeks Sat 14-May-11 22:08:18

Lostwithiel - used to describe an item which you gone to fetch from a particular room, only to find when you get to said room you have no idea what it was you came to look for.
Can also be used to describe an item which you swear was in particular place thirty seconds ago but which has mysteriously vanished.

Taunton - the repeated crying of a small child in the middle of the night, just at the point when you are just drifting off again.

Sourton Cross - the mood of a mother who has been repeatedly woken by DCs during the night, while DH has spent the night in snoring oblivion.

ttalloo Sat 14-May-11 20:31:07

Trotters Bottom - describes the red raw state of a toddler's bum after they've been running around in a stinky nappy for an hour

Borehamwood - the dullness of having to endure the same repetitive activity much enjoyed by small children

Barnet - hair

High Barnet - big hair

Chipping Barnet - when your hair smells unbearably of deep-fried food, and you just have to wash it.

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