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The Alternative dictionary

Mark Cummings | 12:16 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2012


There is a wonderful book called "The Meaning of Liff" by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.

They have a simple theory that there are many experiences, feelings, situations and objects that there isn't currently a word for...but there are plenty of place names that would happily fit the bill.

We have decided to take this theme on the show and build our own special Gloucestershire dictionary. Here are a few examples so far.

North Nibley...fizzy feeling before you sneeze

Ozleworth...blissful feeling after you have sneezed

Temple Guiting...feeling of total peace during meditation

Cheltenham...smug look worn by someone who knows they are right

Minsterworth...over enthusiastic member of a congregation

The Pludds ...impending feeling of doom having scoffed a Vindaloo

Frampton...lingering unpleasant smell no one can find a reason for or own up to

Dinglewell...Scraggy bit on the "Sellotape" you try and pull up to get it moving again

Matson...guilty look on a dog's face when they've been in the kitchen bin

Bibury...smile on the face of a member of the WI when you crack a rather near the knuckle gag ....they think it's funny but not prepared to laugh out loud in case their mates are not amused

Chedworth is a unit of currency in a bartering system using cheese

Birdlip is a cheeky parrot

Longlevens...a nice lie in

Hucclecote...a little Norman Wisdom type trip!

Uley...feeling in need of a pint

Cinderford...an "amorous adventure in a motor vehicle with someone other than your partner or spouse"! Derived from early French "sin de ford" ..."nookie" on the riverbank!

Dymock...is how you feel when you trip up a kerb or walk into a lamp post and realise someone saw you do it!

Adelstrop...that annoying feeling you get when 'you' just can't quite think of the appropriate word to describe something.

Many thanks to The Breakfast Show audience for your help. If you would like to add to the list please email me your delights to cummings@bbc.co.ukAny ideas for Daglingworth, Winchcombe, Red Marley, Clearwell, Arlingham, Cockadilly, Windrush, Dumbleton and Miserdon?


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