This book provided a lot of joy in my teen years, but it's been a while since I read it, so I had forgotten the sublimity of definitions such as the following, which was on the first page, so it caught my attention immediately:
A nostalgic yearning which is in itself more pleasant than the thing being yearned for.
(Having now seen Aberystwyth, the aptness of matching term to definition has become far more apparent to me.)
A quick breeze through an online version reminds me that Adams and Lloyd made good use of place names (especially British place names) to create new words. Like the following inspired run from the 'S' section:
The vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat which is still warm from somebody else's bottom.
One of Germaine Greer's used-up lovers.
One of those hats made from tying knots in the corners of a handkerchief.
SILESIA (n. medical)
The inability to remember, at the critical moment, which is the better side of a boat to be seasick off.
The rest of them are here.
I wish you much enjoyment.
Thanks, as always, Douglas, for all the fish.
On the topic of words:
The Books, 'Smells Like Content'