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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
    • 4.8, 1.2K Ratings

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/

    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.


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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
    Lethologica

    Lethologica

    Aghast that Gyles still thinks ‘YOLO’ is a new word, Susie talks us through the process of creating new words and, more importantly, how to get them into the dictionary. Via oldies like ‘groupies’, ‘burtons’ and ‘velcro’ Susie discusses which words stick and passes judgment on whether new words like ‘Covidiot’ are here for the long haul. She reminds us that you can’t campaign for a word to be added to the dictionary (as the Potato Council found to their disappointment)… but that won’t stop Gyles and his passion for the word ’snart’.


    We also go through your fascinating and mysterious nicknames for woodlice, Susie has her trio of wonderful words, and Gyles sends us off into the day with a lovely bit of Larkin.


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    Susie’s trio:
    Forplaint - exhausted from weeping
    Interdespise - to hate someone as much as they hate you
    Lectory - a place to read
     
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    • 40 min
    Brand new merch!

    Brand new merch!

    Purple People! We are very excited to announce that we have some brand new Something Rhymes With Purple merchandise out now for you… especially if you’re in need of somewhere to store your Bellytimber… it’s a wonderful canvas shopping bag! The perfect accompaniment for a trip to the shops (when they reopen) or the ideal gift for that Purple Person in your life.


    The bags are available to purchase now from purple.backstreetmerch.com so get yours today!


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    • 1 min
    Edelweiss

    Edelweiss

    Come into the garden Purple People as we take a look at the interesting histories behind the names of the plants blooming in the beds. Find out why basil is royal, why you use more rock celery that you might think, and which common herb is the ‘dew of the sea’. Also in this week’s bouquet are dragons, Spartan lovers and gladiators, plus we find out why the pansy is the thinking person’s flower. 
    We also get through lots of your brilliant emails and we want you to get in touch with your own names for Billy Bakers or Chuggy Pigs… purple@somethinelse.com


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    Susie’s trio:
    Upbigged - built up
    Hookem-snivy - fakery or deceit
    Percunctorily - lazily
     
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

EvieeM ,

A revelation

Is there a word for the zinging feeling you get when two previously unconnected ideas are revealed to have the same origins? This is the utter joy of this podcast.

AceTateModern ,

Educational and enjoyable but Giles is too much

I’ve been enjoying this podcast and learning so much that delights and informs. However, even after Giles’ New Year resolution to stop talking so much, he persists in talking over Susie and often rudely interrupts her and does so in a condescending tone. It’s really off-putting and uncomfortable to listen to. I do hope Giles will heed the many reviews urging him to show the manners he should know how to display.

TOTOLINKSY ,

ianhep

Just fascinating! A great mixture of Susie's knowledge of words & language, mixed with Gyles's inquisitive nature about the subject and his brilliant storytelling! Can't get enough of it. :-)

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