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Interesting. One of the Netgalley books I'm currently reading has a lead character named Kif. I never heard it before so tried looking it up to see if it's a popular name in Australia where the book is set. Found nothing on it as a name, but a reference to the crystal dust you get off cannabis.

Now this comes up, how weird!
Cannabis was actually my first association when I saw the name (entirely theoretical, I swear!) -- in German, smoking cannabis is referred to as "kiffen".

Hmm. Disappointing reading experience, though, and one that doesn't quite seem to live up to its description in Tey's biography ...?
Curiouser and curiouser! I wonder if we have any Aussies among the regulars here.
BrokenTune 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the name, too. Originally, i thought it might be Tey/Daviot playing with an idea to create a parallel to Kipling's Kim, but that might just be conjecture on my part (although... both Kim and Kif start out as servants and then enter government service out of a desire for adventure, which is where the similarities end.)

In the book, the name "Kif" isn't explained, but it is described as being pronounced "Keef". The MC grows up in the Scottish borders. So, maybe it is just a variant on "Keith", although I can't say that I've ever come across it. But maybe it is a play on Keith and Kim....who knows.
I once knew a Keefer.