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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 in this award-winning podcast.​

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Something Rhymes with Purple Something Rhymes

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 2K Ratings

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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 in this award-winning podcast.​

We love answering your wordy related questions on the show, so please send them to purple@somethinelse.com​

You can buy our branded mugs, tote bags and T-shirts here: https://bit.ly/37huhqs​

A Somethin' Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Furlong

    Furlong

    Hands and feet at the ready Purple People, today we are looking at the world of measurements. 



    We’ll find out how Oxens’ shaped our measurement system, why you would have a different weight village to village and how a stick was the object to rule(r) them all.

    Make sure you aren’t one over the eight for this episode as Susie will be testing your knowledge of some of the stranger units of measure before we jump into the mailbag for some Purple Post featuring the voices of two lovely Purple People. Susie’s trio and Gyles’ poem conclude another Purple plunge for this week. 



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    We love answering your wordy questions on the show so please do keep sending them in to purple@somethinelse.com 



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    Susie's Trio: 

    Twindle: old dialect for a twin sibling

    Miscounsel: bad advice

    Champagne shoulders (19th century): the sloping kind, because of their resemblance to a champagne bottle.
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    • 38 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode - Swearing Mini-Series pt 6 (C**T)

    SRWP Bonus Episode - Swearing Mini-Series pt 6 (C**T)

    Warning: VERY Explicit Content.

    The last in our mini-series dedicated to the nation’s favourite swear words. Each episode we’ll take one word and explore its history and journey in detail. This week it’s the turn of the worst of the worst, so even those used to a bit of effing and jeffing might want to give it a swerve. But if you’re up for it then dive in and find out about the medical origins of the term, some unfortunate place names and surnames through the years, and why you wouldn’t ever want to be called ‘a custard’

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    The Purple People Eater

    The Purple People Eater

    A highly enjoyable sift through the mountain of emails you’ve sent in over the last few weeks with some absolutely corking questions to answer. In this week’s footage we lurch from poaching to doughnuts (or should that be donuts?), we separate our vets from our vets, and we discover the meaning of ‘lief’. There are also musical interludes from hungry monsters, limericks, and a handsome trio of words to add to your arsenal. 



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    We love answering your wordy questions on the show so please do keep sending them in to purple@somethinelse.com 



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    Susie’s Trio

    Polylogise – to talk too much

    Witzelsucht – a feeble attempt at humour

    Siffilate – to speak in whispers
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    • 41 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode – Swearing Mini-Series pt 5 (P***)

    SRWP Bonus Episode – Swearing Mini-Series pt 5 (P***)

    Warning: Explicit Content

    The fifth in our mini-series dedicated to the nation’s favourite swear words. Each episode we’ll take one word and explore its history and journey in detail. This week it’s the turn of a bodily function we all perform several times a day… but find out why you might not want to be an artist at it. Join us as we take the piss…

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    Ichthyologist

    Ichthyologist

    You are in for a whale of a time today Purple People as we are jumping into the deep blue sea and meeting the fishes.



    We will discover why Halibut are holy, what Cod and weak beer have in common and we will also revisit that famous red Herring of a question: what is the plural of Octopus? Susie takes us on a beautiful trip to the Italian island Sardinia before we leap back into the ocean to join some Salmon fish to investigate their connection with salaciousness. 



    Gyles shares a fishy story where he unfortunately wasn’t as happy as a clam, but his poem about fish’n’chips will most certainly change that.



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    If there are any fishes or fishy phrases you’d like Susie and Gyles to explore, please send them in to:  purple@somethinelse.com 



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    Susie's Trio: 

    Controuver - somebody who creates false gossip

    Bedinnered - to be served dinner

    Gaincope- to intercept someone by taking a shortcut 


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    • 39 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode – Swearing Mini-Series pt 4 (A***)

    SRWP Bonus Episode – Swearing Mini-Series pt 4 (A***)

    Warning: Explicit Content

    The fourth in our mini-series dedicated to the nation’s favourite swear words. This week we look beneath our unmentionables and discover the long and varied history of our peachy prats.

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    We love answering your wordy questions on the show so please do keep sending them in to purple@somethinelse.com

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

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Student work on Oxford Dictionary

Really interested to hear about this, Susie, but can't find out any more from OUP by phone or on website. Can you help please?

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You laugh, you learn

Listening to these two friends chat and bounce off each other, it is as if it is unscripted. But suzi d holds everything together, and I learn something with every episode - with a laugh or a story behind everything. Unmissable to me.

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