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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 buy SRWP mugs and more head to....
https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

Something Rhymes with Purple Somethin’ Else

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 94 Ratings

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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 buy SRWP mugs and more head to....
https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Cybernetic

    Cybernetic

    It's time to reboot your systems as we surf the web and probe around the intricate world of computers. 

    Join us as we discover the origins of Google (and what the founders nearly called themselves instead), what digital mediums have to do with our fingers, and why you might not want to be invited to a computer 'picnic'. 



    We also answer a brilliant email about the origins and uses of monitors, plus to help Gyles tell the difference between uploads and downloads there's a very special appearance from the king of the Purple Tech... Gully! 



    A Somethin' Else production 



    To buy SRWP mugs and more head to.... https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple 



    If you would like to sign up to Apple Subs please follow this link https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/something-rhymes-with-purple/id1456772823 and make sure that you are running the most up-to-date IOS on your computer/device otherwise it won’t work. 



    If you would like to see Gyles and Susie LIVE and in person on our Something Rhymes With Purple UK Tour then please go to https://www.tiltedco.com/somethingrhymeswithpurple for tickets and more information. 



    Susie’s Trio: 

    Callythump - a riotous parade
    Foregleam - a dawning light
    Foozler - someone who regularly bungles things
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    • 35 min
    Barmpot

    Barmpot

    *This episode contains language that some listeners might find offensive* 



    Today we are looking inwards and taking a linguistic journey through the world of mental health; how our attitudes towards it have changed over the years and how language has adapted to reflect this. 


    Discover the connection between barmy and beer, the effect of the moon on our wellbeing, and why being bananas or nuts has nothing to do with anything that you eat. 



    A Somethin’ Else production. 



    To buy SRWP mugs and more head to.... https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple 



    If you would like to sign up to Apple Subs please follow this link https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/something-rhymes-with-purple/id1456772823 and make sure that you are running the most up-to-date IOS on your computer/device otherwise it won’t work.  



    If you would like to see Gyles and Susie LIVE and in person on our Something Rhymes With Purple UK Tour then please go to https://www.tiltedco.com/somethingrhymeswithpurple for tickets and more information. 



    Susie’s Trio:
    Pecksniffian – to be sanctimonious and self-righteous
    Pantomorphic – to be capable of producing any shape or state
    Parvanimity – having a small or ignoble mind
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    • 37 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode: Trainspotting

    SRWP Bonus Episode: Trainspotting

    After riding the railways a couple of weeks ago it got us thinking about the tribal language of the trainspotting community. So join us as we don our anoraks and unpick the wonderful world of gricers, bashers, and festoons.

    Also we hear about Susie's wishes to one day go on a sleeper train and Gyles reminisces about a time he took a long journey with a rather unnerving Roald Dahl.

    A Somethin' Else production.

    To buy SRWP mugs and more head to.... https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

    If you would like to sign up to Apple Subs please follow this link https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/something-rhymes-with-purple/id1456772823 and make sure that you are running the most up-to-date IOS on your computer/device otherwise it won’t work.

    If you would like to see Gyles and Susie LIVE and in person on our Something Rhymes With Purple UK Tour then please go to https://www.tiltedco.com/somethingrhymeswithpurple for tickets and more information.

    Flenched

    Flenched

    This week we’re having a rummage through the postbag and dedicating the whole episode to questions that you, the marvellous Purple People, send in each out. 
    We help people find out where all the different meanings of ‘mandarin’ came from, ponder whether there’s a word for the twilight of the morning, and we get to the bottom of a rather tricksy wordy riddle.  

    Also up for discussion are cauliflowers, rumours, ducks, and meadows. 

    If you have a question that you’d like us to look into then please email purple@somethinelse.com 

    A Somethin’ Else production. 

    To buy SRWP mugs and more head to.... https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple 

    If you would like to sign up to Apple Subs please follow this link https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/something-rhymes-with-purple/id1456772823 and make sure that you are running the most up-to-date IOS on your computer/device otherwise it won’t work. 

    If you would like to see Gyles and Susie LIVE and in person on our Something Rhymes With Purple UK Tour then please go to https://www.tiltedco.com/somethingrhymeswithpurple for tickets and more information.

    Susie’s Trio:
    Dumbledore – an old name for a bumble bee
    Melissa – honey bee
    Dysphemism – the opposite of a euphemism; an insult or unpleasant phrase deliberately used in place of a nicer one
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    • 34 min
    SRWP Live in BATH 20th November

    SRWP Live in BATH 20th November

    Purple People! We're so excited to be kicking off our live tour on Saturday 20th November at 3pm in BATH.
    We'll have all the podcast favourites as we record an extra special live episode of the show, they'll be lots of interactive wordy elements AND a live Q&A.
    Tickets are available from tiltedco.com/somethingrhymeswithpurple
    We can't wait to see you there!
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    • 41 sec
    SRWP Live in BATH 20th November

    SRWP Live in BATH 20th November

    Purple People! We're so excited to be kicking off our live tour on Saturday 20th November at 3pm in BATH.
    We'll have all the podcast favourites as we record an extra special live episode of the show, they'll be lots of interactive wordy elements AND a live Q&A.
    Tickets are available from tiltedco.com/somethingrhymeswithpurple
    We can't wait to see you there!

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

JiminieCrikket ,

Olympics: ‘Biting’ Gold Medals

Years ago, I read in a book on the old Olympics, that nudity was started later to ensure that women didn’t infiltrate the games; after someone’s mother or wife took the place of their son or husband, (and possibly won something).

Biting a gold medal, is to
‘Test the Quality’ of the gold ( in jest these days); as solid gold will be soft enough to imboss(?) it, or leave one’s dental imprint.

Love the show!
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Aussie.Chris ,

Ads are ridiculous

Overall, great content, but I can’t get past listening to the same ads twice in a row, seriously off-putting

Carrie Lisa ,

My treat of the week!

I look forward to this fascinating and friendly tour of the history of English words every week. Highly recommend it!

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