Ely (n.)

The first, tiniest inkling you get that something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong.

That’s from The Meaning of Liff, a dictionary of should-be words written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.  It was published 30 years ago this week and Heski Bar-Isaac points me to this very fun discussion of the words and the book from the BBC.  You should especially listen to Stephen Pinker’s thoughts on Liff which comes at about the 15:30 mark.

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