Welcome to the home of liffs

A liff is a familiar object or experience that English has no word for. The Meaning of Liff and Afterliff correct this disgraceful oversight by recycling the names found on signposts.

Afterliff is the brilliant successor to Douglas Adams' and John Lloyd's 1983 classic and features over 900 essential new definitions.

Send us your Liffs

We enjoyed the process of receiving liffs from the public so much that to celebrate Afterliff we're running a monthly competition to win a signed copy of Afterliff!

We're looking for new ideas for definitions and (especially) hope to gather a signpost photograph for every liff in both of the books. We'll showcase our favourites on the site and notify you if you've won the competition.

To enter this month's competition, enter your liff here!

Liff of the day

Bogue (n.)

Something not, and never likely to be, in vogue. ‘The bogue for dip-dyed culottes will continue this season. Be seen with them and die.’ Tatler

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