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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/

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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/

    Umpteen

    Umpteen

    Hold the phone! Stop what you’re doing and dial in to a new Purple Podcast coming to you down the line. For obvious reasons Susie and Gyles can’t record together this week, but fear not, through the magic of technology they’re still able to chat and offer you their usual mix of interesting etymology and amusing anecdotes. As they’re on the blower, they’ll be delving into the world of the telephone and it’s successors/contenders. Why do we give someone a bell? How should you answer the phone? All will be revealed.


    Also, Gyles and Susie debate the origin of the phrase ‘cheerio’, they test their knowledge of the NATO alphabet and Susie reveals the connection between Morse code and ‘umpteen’.
    As well as his inspirational quotation, Gyles has another excellent 20s hand-washing poem for you to try, and Susie will be wowing us once again with her weekly trio.


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    If you have a question for Susie and Gyles please email us purple@somethinelse.com.


    Susie’s Trio:
    Gowpen - two handfuls of something
    Pronk - a weak or slightly foolish person. (Also, a verb meaning ‘to leap in the air like a springbok)
    Tractatrix - someone who shampoos your hair For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 37 min
    Best of SRWP

    Best of SRWP

    Join us this week as we look back over our first fifty episodes of Something Rhymes With Purple. This wouldn’t have been possible without you so thank you for listening and for keeping us on our toes with your questions and suggestions… please keep them coming!


    If you haven’t listened to all fifty episodes then now is the time to catch up and here are some clips to entice you and point you in the right direction.


    In this episode Susie and Gyles reveal which came first: orange the colour or orange the fruit; they uncover the initial trailblazers; they disclose the rather nasty origins of ‘hangdog expression’; and they raise a glass to the original tosspots… who weren’t as rude as you may think. Plus, Gyles has some handy 20-second poems for you to learn to aid hand washing and a quotation to inspire you throughout the week.


    If you have a question for Susie and Gyles then please get in touch: purple@somethinelse.com


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    Gyles' poems:


    Verse 1 of "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear:


    The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
       In a beautiful pea-green boat,
    They took some honey, and plenty of money,
       Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
    The Owl looked up to the stars above,
       And sang to a small guitar,
    "O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
       What a beautiful Pussy you are,
             You are,
             You are!
    What a beautiful Pussy you are!"


    "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley:


    Out of the night that covers me,
          Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
          For my unconquerable soul.


    In the fell clutch of circumstance
          I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
          My head is bloody, but unbowed.
    I am the master of my fate,
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    • 34 min
    Boycott

    Boycott

    Top o’ the morning to you and happy St Patrick’s Day! This week we’re filling up our whiskey glasses and surrounding ourselves with words of Irish origin. Donning our finest trousers and brogues they’ll be Irish phrases galore as we boycott the banshees and really dig the vocabulary of the Emerald Isle.


    As always, Susie will furnish us with her fantastic trio of interesting or underused words and Gyles offers advice on how to stay young…


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    If you have a question for Gyles and Susie then please email us on purple@somethinelse.com.


    Susie’s Trio:
    Half-pace - a small landing between two half flights in a staircase
    Riparian - relating to or situated on the banks of a river
    Imbroglio - a confused or complicated situation For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    Ceiliog

    Ceiliog

    Have you ever given a second thought to where the brands we use every day got their names from? Well we have! And we’re here to share our findings with you. Staying very much ‘on brand’ we’ll be revealing the history behind PG Tips, the fantasy of Fanta, and how a sibling rivalry in Germany spawned two of the globe’s biggest sports brands. We’ll ‘play well’ with our Lego, unpack our IKEA, and find out how a Welsh harpist (may have) had a hand in one of our most recognisable breakfast brands.


    As always, Susie will be arming us with a trio of words to pepper into conversation this week and Gyles will be inspiring us all with how to avoid being miserable.


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    If you want to get in touch with Brand Purple please do: purple@somethinelse.com


    Susie’s Trio:
    Nikehedonia - the pleasure of the anticipation of success
    Xertz - the act of gulping something down quickly
    Jentacular - relating to breakfast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    Grockle

    Grockle

    It’s time to delve into the inbox once again and dedicate a whole episode to answering your queries that come in each week. A massive thank you to all you Purple People for keeping us on our toes… if there’s something word-related that has been puzzling you then please do the same as Sammy, Dave, Cat, Rebecca and many more by emailing us at purple@somethinelse.com.


    They asked: where does the term ‘grockle’ come from? Why would someone be the ‘spitting image’ of another? All will be revealed as we hole up in ‘a/an hotel’ whilst telling ‘Jack Robinson’ to ‘sling his hook’…


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    Susie’s Trio:
    Shackbaggerly - slovenly
    Causey-webs - a person who neglects his/her work to hang out on the street
    Whindling - putting on a voice to convince your boss you are ill For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 29 min
    Namby-Pamby

    Namby-Pamby

    What-ho Purple People! This week we’re ‘up to the eyebrows’ and having a good old ‘chortle’ at some of the words introduced to the English language by authors. Prepare to be ‘bedazzled’ by this ‘unputdownable’ episode where we’ll be looking into the inventions of PG Wodehouse, Lewis Carroll, Joseph Heller and many more, as well as hopefully avoiding falling into a ‘honeytrap’ or getting stuck in a ‘Catch-22’. Oh and we’ll reveal the origin of the word ‘podcast’ too.


    As always we’ll be answering the always fantastic emails you’ve been sending into us, Susie will expand our vocabulary with her weekly trio of words, and Gyles will leave us feeling inspired with his quotation of the week. Pip Pip!


    Susie’s trio:
    Shoulder-clapper: someone who is unnecessarily friendly and overfamiliar
    Ratiocinator: someone who reasons logically
    Dutch Feast: a party at which the host gets drunk before the guests


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    • 26 min

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