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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 • 1.8K 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

    Tuxedo Park

    Tuxedo Park

    We can hear the bells today, Purple People! Here in the UK, we have hit wedding season so Susie and Gyles have decided to provide you with some charming titbits to entertain those table guests you’ll be next to on the big day.

    The time for firkytoodling is done so, get out your best tux (or morning suit as Gyles will passionately advocate), find your finest corsage and we hope you remembered to RSVP because the ushers will be showing you to your seat shortly.

    Susie will walk us - not down the aisle - but through the big day explaining how a bride swigging her ale at the bridal party was always the way, what tractors and the bride’s dress have in common and why personal hygiene issues were to thank for a key component of the bridesmaid attire for the day.

    But smelly wedding guests aren’t the only people making their mark on the big day as Gyles reveals his legacy regarding the civil wedding service. We also have the latest instalment in the etymological battle for the word ‘Digs’ with contestant Brandreth coming in with some further evidence. Purple people are promised front row seats as this war of words continues to unfold.

    Alongside wedding invites and ‘save the date’ postcards, Susie and Gyles would love receive a correspondence from you. If you would like to get in touch with either Susie and Gyles please get in touch with us at purple@somethinelse.com.

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    Susie’s Trio:
    Procaffeinating - to put everything off until you’ve had at least one mug of coffee
    Conjubilant - rejoicing with others
    Introuvable - not capable of being found, specifically of books

    • 38 min
    Bulge Bracket

    Bulge Bracket

    Bears, Bulls! High, Low! Buy, Sell! And welcome, Purple People, to another episode. This week we’re scaling the wall of Wall Street and trekking the Square Mile of The City as we climb the ladder of high finance!
    Who knew that the world of bankers and brokers was so full of broken benches, brutish beasts and and bad behaviour. Are you a stag? Have you seen a dead cat bounce? Are you standing on a block of wood or hiding amongst the hedges?
    Susie makes a death pledge while trying on a vest, but Gyles is too busy opening his kimono… confused? Don’t worry, so are we- finance is a whole new world!
    Elsewhere we open some punny, porridge related purple post and we send Gulli off for a cleaning! So whether you’re anxious about being an IPOD or are a bit of a FUNT, we have something here for you.

    Elsewhere Susie and Gyles answer your purple post! Who can claim credit for the word Barbecue- our money is on the Haitians over the French but get in touch with us at purple@somethinelse.com if this analysis has given you the mulligrubs.

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

    Susie’s Trio:
    Lectory- a place for reading
    Oxyphonia- Excessive shrillness of voice
    Consenescence- growing old together

    • 36 min
    Mappemonde

    Mappemonde

    Happy Tuesday Purple People, how do we find you? Listening in the bath? Camped out under the stars? Out for your daily stroll?

    If it’s the latter- well how serendipitous! As this episode we are taking a look at nation’s favourite pastime. Whether you’re a walker, a hiker or a orienteer there will be something in this episode for you. Susie strides ahead, boldly marches and struts her stuff through the linguistic latitude and longitude of all the walking words you can think of. She also explains why being a mountaineer is both an accomplishment and an insult… depending when one is given that moniker.

    Gyles may trudge and traipse across a gentle fell but he’d never trespass, despite the etymological similarity. He also shares some classic Brandreth knowledge of literary greats whose works of writing are dependent on their walking!

    Elsewhere Susie and Gyles answer your purple post! Who can claim credit for the word Barbecue- our money is on the Haitians over the French but get in touch with us at purple@somethinelse.com if this analysis has given you the mulligrubs.

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

    Susie’s Trio:
    Guddle- To fish with one's hands
    Moonraker- A native of the county of Wiltshire
    Pinguid- A little bit oily or greasy

    • 38 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode 1 - Music and Lyrics

    SRWP Bonus Episode 1 - Music and Lyrics

    In this first bonus episode exclusive to Apple Subscribers join Gyles and Susie as they leave their mics on to discuss wordy things that we don’t normally have time for on the weekly show. Expect a more laidback vibe as the two compare notes on the song lyrics that have meant the most to them over the years. Find out who sent our hosts’ hearts aflutter as teens, try and guess who possesses the best singing voice, and of course there is a smattering of name-dropping and word origins in there too.
    If you want to get in touch please use the usual email address: purple@somethinelse.com and put Bonus Episode in the title. Let us know what you want to hear more of from Purple.

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    A Floral Balls Up

    A Floral Balls Up

    Well it’s a new week Purple People, and we’re coming to you from a very rainy July in England. Despite the grey and shortening days (thanks for the reminder Gyles), we’re bringing you a seed of summer with a lovely chat about flowers.

    Susie reminds us of one of our favourite, most misleadingly named flowers - the Jerusalem Artichoke (do check out our other episode on Flowers called Edelweiss), explains why Poppies are poopy and an excellent symbol of the circle of life, and why orchids are a rather… ballsy flower.

    Gyles bestows and adopts a new nickname- one that his wife may disapprove of- and reveals that he loves sunflowers and green carnations… he and Susie have a love of Wilde flowers in common!Elsewhere we have more bollocks chat, answer your punny Purple post and, are treated to a poem from Gyles reminding us all to appreciate the rain in summer…

    Susie’s Trio:
    Paraph- flourish after a signature
    Peely wally- feeling ratjer “meh” or under the weather
    Kenspeckle- conspicuous or easily recognised

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    • 39 min
    Paronomasia

    Paronomasia

    Purple People hello and welcome to this week’s episode! If you’re feeling a bit powfagged never fear, we’ll be guiding you through King of the Dad Joke, the “highest form of literature”… yes, we are of course talking about Puns!

    Yes puns, or paronomasia if you’re being a real word nerd (which we always are). From our favourite famous punster William Shakespeare, to punny kebab shops (Abrakebabra, Jason Donervan) Gyles and Susie will be having a look at why we love them.

    Elsewhere we get pedantic with pronunciation and answer your purple post- Charlotte is Trying, Katie has been mugged off by the weather and Megan has sang a song? Sung a song? Susie and Gyles will explain.

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    Susie's Trio:
    Puzzomous- Disgustingly obsequious
    Fratchy- Short tempered and quarrelsome
    Nidorosity- Belching with the smell of undigested meat

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Mrs Incredible ,

Not uploading on a Tuesday anymore?

These used to be uploaded on a Tuesday. But last week’s - the 8th - didn’t appear until this week. And this week’s - the 15th - haven’t been uploaded yet. What’s going on. I need my Tuesday fix of Susie and Gyles!

Deben runner ,

Beginning of the end

I see the subscription model has now kicked in - podcasts will die if this continues. Will just find somethin’ else to listen to now. Format is tired and spark seems to have gone lately.

LotusBlueTwo ,

Despicable

Despicable when they actually said they hoped mask wearing would continue. Unsubscribed instantly.

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