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Winner of the Gold Award for Best Entertainment Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2020.
Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth invite you to enhance your vocabulary, uncover the hidden origins of language and share their love of words. A Somethin' Else production. To get your beautiful SRWP mug go to https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

Something Rhymes with Purple Somethin’ Else

    • Language Learning
    • 4.9, 50 Ratings

Winner of the Gold Award for Best Entertainment Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2020.
Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth invite you to enhance your vocabulary, uncover the hidden origins of language and share their love of words. A Somethin' Else production. To get your beautiful SRWP mug go to https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

    Mildred

    Mildred

    Doctor, Doctor, I’ve forgotten to listen to my favourite podcast! This week we delve into to the world of non-medical doctors… from Dr Johnson through to Dr Dolittle by way of Dr Frankenstein, we explore the fascinating world behind all those who have had that title bestowed upon them… for better or for worse! Along the way Gyles recounts meeting ALL those who have played Doctor Who and Susie reveals the murky world behind medical slang.


    As always Susie has three new words to introduce to your vocabulary, Gyles drops a name or two, and much laughter is to be had amongst the learning.


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    • 30 min
    Humpty Dumpty

    Humpty Dumpty

    What do Humpty Dumpty, Contrary Mary, and Baa Baa Black Sheep all have in common? Well, you might think twice about reading them as bedtime stories, I’m afraid. This week, Gyles and Susie are delving into those centuries old Nursery Rhymes to uncover their - often sinister - meanings and possible origins. Expect ‘silver bells and cockleshells’ to sound less like gardening utensils and more like instruments of torture, and be prepared to have that image as Humpty Dumpty as an egg dispelled forever. 


    If you would like to get in touch to share your favourite Nursery Rhymes with Susie and Gyles or debate any of the many origin stories linked with the Nursery Rhymes discussed today, please do get in touch at… purple@somethinelse.com


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    Susie’s Trio: 
    Dispester - to get rid of a nuisance
    Fornale - to spend money before you have it
    Avidulous - somewhat greedy
     
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    • 36 min
    Literally...

    Literally...

    This week we officially became the Best Entertainment Podcast of the year at the British Podcast Awards. Thank you so much to all the Purple People who listen… you make this show what it is and we couldn’t do it without you.
    But to provide some balance to all this happiness, this week we’re talking about those linguistic tics that really get on our wick. I mean, you know, you could care less, but we’ll give it 100%, so…
    As well as swapping their language bugbears, Susie offers us three words for the week, Gyles’ grandson has slipped us a couple of jokes, and we find out about Yul Brynner’s aversion to aftershave…


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    Susie’s trio:
    Salvo: an intentionally bad excuse
    Sequacious: prone to slavishly following the opinions of others
    Toe-cover: a present that is both useless and cheap.
     
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    • 37 min
    Horripilation

    Horripilation

    From elite sports to class systems, it’s a hairy episode this week as Glyes and Susie delve into the history of hair which prompts Gyles to spill all on his past life’s involvement with the Porn industry. Via the astronomical, tribal and in some cases very bloody history of hair, you’re in for some fascinating tales or should that be "(pig)tails"... We’ll also be hearing Susie’s trio of words for the week and Gyles sends us off with a powerful poem.


    If you would like to ask Gyles & Susie a question, get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com.


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    Susie’s trio:
    - Bobbins: rubbish or nonsense
    - Indread: secret inner dread
    - Inadvertist: someone who consistently fails to notice what is going on around them
     
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    • 32 min
    All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    "Music makes (Purple) people, come together." That’s not the only Madonna lyric that gets mistreated in this lyrical romp through the fascinating world of musical genres and phrases. We’ll be hip-hopping our way from the house (and garage) all the way to the discotheque to soak up the funk, with just enough time for Susie to channel her inner Wonder Mike and for Gyles to let his hips do the talking…


    We’ll also be going through the fabulous ‘mondegreens’ you’ve been mishearing, Susie has a brilliant trio, and we learn why you should never, ever let Gyles hold on to something valuable for you…


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    Susie’s trio:
    Well-woulder - someone who wishes you success, so long as it’s not more success than they have
    Quobbled - to have wrinkly fingers
    Oxyphonia - excessive shrillness of voice
     
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    • 31 min
    Plings & Bangs!

    Plings & Bangs!

    Join Susie and Gyles as they venture back to pre-biblical times to uncover the history of punctuation marks. This week we’ll be diving into the drama of the comma whilst teasing out the moments when the semi-colon provides the perfect pause. We also unearth a confession from both Gyles and Susie about their - as of yet, unsuccessful - attempts to read James Joyce's Ulysses (hint: there's a sentence that contains 4391 words). We also get through lots of your brilliant emails and we want you to get in touch with any questions you may have, or any differing views on punctuation… purple@somethinelse.com.


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    Susie’s trio:
    Insordescent - growing in filthiness
    Misdelight - pleasure in something wrong 
    Leese - to be a loser
     
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    • 42 min

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interesting facts about language and amusing humour

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Loving this in Toronto

Please do a segment of knitting related words.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge, with such good humour.

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Brilliant

My favourite podcast! Listening in Vancouver BC! ♥️

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