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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....
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Something Rhymes with Purple Somethin’ Else

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 80 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

    Chum (Recorded live at Chichester Festival Theatre)

    Chum (Recorded live at Chichester Festival Theatre)

    It’s the second instalment from our live show at the Chichester Festival Theatre and in this episode Susie and Gyles take us through the revolving doors of the language of hotels.



    Gyles re-visits his days as an MP as we uncover the origin of the word ‘lobby’ and Susie reveals the icy reason why at 15, she aspired to be a hotel manager! Fortunately for us, Susie instead decided to become a lexicographer and takes us on a few further visits to hostels and chamber chums with detours to pickets and prisons along the way.



    The 1000 strong crowd at Chichester put Susie and Gyles to the test with their questions (transcribed below) and came up with some very inventive definitions for Susie’s Trio.



    Questions from the live audience - TRANSCRIPTION: 

    Sarah Brocker, - “Where does the word Trug for a garden basket come from?”

    David Lambert, Chichester - “What is the origin of the word ‘Flapjacket’, it sounds as if it should be made of surgical steel doesn’t it?"

    Audience member 3 - "At university, I used the word ‘somewhen’, and people looked at me like I was stupid?"

    Audience member 4 - “How do you pronounce Gif?”



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    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:

    Griffonage - sloppy or careless handwriting

    Cachinnate - loud cackle

    Cancatevate - to heap stuff into a pile
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    • 33 min
    AM

    AM

    Rise and shine Purple People. We’re kicking off the new year with a whole host of wonderful words to carry you through every moment of the day. From getting out of bed with an expurger or a jobblyjock we’ll help cure your dysania and clinomania and make the very best of the morning to come. 


    Plus Susie spins some poetry out of all the different words we’ve invented over the years for time-wasting. 


    If your new year’s resolution is to widen your vocabulary then this is the episode for you.



    Warning: contains some swearing. 



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    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: 

    Ruelle - an alleyway or the space between the bed and the wall

    Whindle - a feigned groan

    Butter shag - a slice of bread and butter
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    • 47 min
    Tipple

    Tipple

    Join us as we pop a few corks and drink deeply from various bottles of linguistic libation. 


    Feel free to plunge your nose into the glass and discover the link between claret and clear, blackbirds and merlot, and gen up on the difference between a Nebuchadnezzar and a Balthazar. 


    In vino veritas and please listen responsibly. 



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    Susie's Trio: 

    Retardataire – behind the times  
    Rhinarium – hairless and moist nose of an animal e.g. a dog
    Scrippage – all your baggage and personal belongings 
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    • 30 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode - Cheese

    SRWP Bonus Episode - Cheese

    An extra course for the Purple Plus Club this Christmas as we bring out a linguistic cheese board for you to try.

    We dig our etymological knives into the origins of all your favourite fromage (and fauxmage).
    We learn about the original Monterey Jack, the big cheese, why we say cheese to the camera… and we discover the only cheese that’s made backwards…

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    Gregarious

    Gregarious

    This week we’re separating the wheat from the chaff and paying tribute to those hard-working folk who will be working the land over the Christmas season. 



    So roll up your sleeves and dig in with us as we uncover the origins of a ploughman’s lunch, learn of the debt that the financial world owes the lexicon of agriculture, and we get under the linguistic bonnet of the combine harvester. 



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    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:
    Gutling – a greedy eater
    Anythingarian – someone who doesn’t really believe in anything strongly
    Colworts – old news; tired old cabbage
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    • 38 min
    Hooch

    Hooch

    Recorded live in front of 1000 Purple People at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in this episode we get our claws into the rich language of the 1920s. From sipping gimlets in speakeasys to getting a shingle to go with our plus fours we skip through a decade that gave so many unique phrases to the English language. No hokum, it really is the bees-knees. 



    There are lots of theatrical anecdotes from Gyles as he’s in a theatre very close to his heart and our lovely audience come up with some very inventive definitions for Susie’s Trio. 



    A Somethin' Else production. 



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



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    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:
    Pettitoes – pig’s trotters served as a delicacy
    Skimmington – a procession used to make an example of a nagging wife
    Gasconade – extravagant boasting and strutting
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

APDN68 ,

The best podcast there is

Yes, I know Gyles Brandreth can be irritating, but his heart is in the right place, under a hideous jumper usually. And Susie Dent is (cliché time) a national treasure. It is perfect listening for a walk or a lazy afternoon or any time really. And you learn stuff. What’s not to love?

bahraincc ,

Great Podcast 😊

Lovely easy listening podcast with lots of great anecdotes about the origin of words and phrases.

Abina79 ,

Great fun with words.

Highlight of my listening week. In thoroughly enjoy the discussions and laughs between Susie and Gyles. A brilliant partnership. Long may the episodes keep arriving.

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