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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 get your beautiful SRWP mug go to https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

Something Rhymes with Purple Somethin’ Else

    • Language Learning
    • 4.9, 58 Ratings

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 get your beautiful SRWP mug go to https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

    Dwile Flonking

    Dwile Flonking

    Cheers! This week we're looking for answers at the bottom of the glass as we drink in the history behind the fascinating names of the boozers of Britain. Like Chaucer's pilgrims we start at The Tabard before cantering through the rivalry between the Red Lion and the White Hart. We find a stowaway king inside the Royal Oak, a rather befuddled duck in Ambleside, and we wonder why Livery Companies always move in threes.
    Along the way there's time for Susie to get up on the bar and entertain us with her three words for the week and for Gyles to get soaked with Oliver Reed.


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    Susie's Trio:
    Vellichor - the smell of old books
    Umbriphilous - fond of the shade
    Bedinner - to give someone dinner
     
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    • 35 min
    The Milky Way

    The Milky Way

    3..2..1..Get ready to launch into an episode that is out of this world as Susie and Gyles explore the language of outer space. Via the fast-flighted messenger Mercury to the saturnine tendencies of an overthrown Roman God, we explore how the planets came to be named and the legacy they have left within our everyday vocabularies. There’s just about time to stop off for a chocolate bar or two while Susie takes the opportunity to drop a celebrity name and Gyles discusses their compatibility… based entirely on their star signs…


    Susie’s Trio: 
    Empleomania - Manic compulsion to hold public office at any cost
    Glump - To look solemn or glum
    Nibbling - Nephew/niece  
     
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    • 36 min
    Mildred

    Mildred

    Doctor, Doctor, I’ve forgotten to listen to my favourite podcast! This week we delve into to the world of non-medical doctors… from Dr Johnson through to Dr Dolittle by way of Dr Frankenstein, we explore the fascinating world behind all those who have had that title bestowed upon them… for better or for worse! Along the way Gyles recounts meeting ALL those who have played Doctor Who and Susie reveals the murky world behind medical slang.


    As always Susie has three new words to introduce to your vocabulary, Gyles drops a name or two, and much laughter is to be had amongst the learning.


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    • 30 min
    Humpty Dumpty

    Humpty Dumpty

    What do Humpty Dumpty, Contrary Mary, and Baa Baa Black Sheep all have in common? Well, you might think twice about reading them as bedtime stories, I’m afraid. This week, Gyles and Susie are delving into those centuries old Nursery Rhymes to uncover their - often sinister - meanings and possible origins. Expect ‘silver bells and cockleshells’ to sound less like gardening utensils and more like instruments of torture, and be prepared to have that image as Humpty Dumpty as an egg dispelled forever. 


    If you would like to get in touch to share your favourite Nursery Rhymes with Susie and Gyles or debate any of the many origin stories linked with the Nursery Rhymes discussed today, please do get in touch at… purple@somethinelse.com


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    Susie’s Trio: 
    Dispester - to get rid of a nuisance
    Fornale - to spend money before you have it
    Avidulous - somewhat greedy
     
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    • 36 min
    Literally...

    Literally...

    This week we officially became the Best Entertainment Podcast of the year at the British Podcast Awards. Thank you so much to all the Purple People who listen… you make this show what it is and we couldn’t do it without you.
    But to provide some balance to all this happiness, this week we’re talking about those linguistic tics that really get on our wick. I mean, you know, you could care less, but we’ll give it 100%, so…
    As well as swapping their language bugbears, Susie offers us three words for the week, Gyles’ grandson has slipped us a couple of jokes, and we find out about Yul Brynner’s aversion to aftershave…


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    Susie’s trio:
    Salvo: an intentionally bad excuse
    Sequacious: prone to slavishly following the opinions of others
    Toe-cover: a present that is both useless and cheap.
     
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    • 37 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

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.

davinast ,

An easy way to experience simple happiness

Words do matter. This is interesting and enjoyable and as an aside, you learn a lot.

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