- BBC Radio 4
- Douglas Adams and John Lloyd
- John Lloyd, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Terry Jones, Steven Pinker, Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas
- Beth O'Dea
2013 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 place names as new definitions for common experiences which we all know and recognise, but for which no words exist.
John Lloyd talks to Matt Lucas about his love of Liff, and gathers new entries from the Radio 4 audience. These are chewed over and sifted down by John and fellow judges Sanjeev Bhaskar, Helen Fielding and Terry Jones.
John also shares 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.
- First broadcast
- Thursday 28th February 2013 at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4
- Episode length
- 30 minutes
- All previous repeats
- Saturday 13th September 2014 at 2:00pm on Radio 4 Extra