Saturday November 3rd 2012

Thought for the Day

“He was a dreamer, a thinker,
a speculative philosopher…
or,
as his wife would have it,
an idiot.”

~ Douglas Adams
(1952-2001)

File:Douglas adams portrait cropped.jpg From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDouglas Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Source



The Meaning of Liff  is a humorous dictionary of toponymy and etymology, written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, published in the United Kingdom in 1983, and the USA in 1984. The book cover usually bears the tagline “This book will change your life” and is a “dictionary of things that there aren’t any words for yet.” Below are a few excerpts.

SHOEBURYNESS (abs.n.)
The vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat which is still warm from somebody else’s bottom.

POLBATHIC (adj.)
Gifted with ability to manipulate taps using only the feet.

GLEMENUILT (n.)
The kind of guilt which you’d completely forgotten about which comes roaring back on discovering an old letter in a cupboard.

POONA (n.)
Satisfied grunting noise made when sitting back after a good meal.

GLENTIES (pl.n.)
Series of small steps by which someone who has made a serious tactical error in a conversion or argument moves from complete disagreement to wholehearted agreement.

KENT (adj.)
Politely determined not to help despite a violent urge to the contrary. Kent expressions are seen on the faces of people who are good at something watching someone else who can’t do it at all.

I will post more with other Douglas Adams quotes.

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