107 episodes

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://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

Something Rhymes with Purpl‪e‬ Somethin’ Else

    • Language Learning
    • 4.9 • 73 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 buy SRWP mugs and more head to.... https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

    We are 100 today! Let’s party!

    We are 100 today! Let’s party!

    Welcome to the party Purple People as we celebrate reaching our 100th episode - we promise that it is going to be full of pep, zest and pizazz! 
    Featuring booze, banquets and cockerels, Susie will take us on a tour of all the eating options at this bash from canapés to buffets, Slap-up meals to a Jacob’s Join whilst Gyles recounts tales of private soirees with the queen and punting parties of the Oxford scholars.
    Talking politics is strictly prohibited as it has been a LONG time since a party was only associated with political membership, so let’s get on our dancing shoes and join in the shin-dig, but whilst trying to avoid too many shins whilst we are dancing away! 
    Warning: This episode comes with a Party Pooper spoiler. 
    A Somethin’ Else production.
    If you have any wordy wonderings or linguistical lamentations you’d like to ask to Susie and Gyles, you can ask them by emailing purple@somethinelse.com.
    Susie’s Trio: 

    Stultilioquent - prone to foolish talk or babble 

    Woofits - unwell feeling, especially a headache and also a moody depression 

    Forblissed - filled with happiness


    Don't forget to come and see Gyles and Susie in action as Something Rhymes With Purple goes LIVE and ONLINE in 2021.
    Thursday 25th March 2021
    7.30pm (GMT)
    For tickets please go HERE!
    Expect bizarre word journeys, the gruesome origins of everyday phrases, celebrity name-drops aplenty… plus a live Q&A with Gyles and Susie on the night.We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 40 min
    Something Rhymes With Purple LIVE – Thursday 25th March 2021

    Something Rhymes With Purple LIVE – Thursday 25th March 2021

    Come and see Gyles and Susie in action as Something Rhymes With Purple goes LIVE and ONLINE in 2021.
    After the success of last year’s live theatre show, SRWP is opening its doors once again but this time we’re streaming it online, so wherever you are in the world, come and JOIN US!
    Thursday 25th March 2021
    7.30pm (GMT)
    For tickets please go HERE!
    Expect bizarre word journeys, the gruesome origins of everyday phrases, celebrity name-drops aplenty… plus a live Q&A with Gyles and Susie on the night.We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 1 min
    Pettifogger

    Pettifogger

    In this our 99th episode we’re calling our Purple People to the bar and passing judgement on the words of law!
    Susie tells us what a large number of judges and a large amount of food have in common, why the Old Bailey has Roman origins and explains why a Juror must swear but never curse.
    Gyles asks some ad hoc questions, as is his modus operandi, and proves that he’s no ignoramus when it comes to stories of late, great lawyers. 
    Later, Susie and Gyles are brief about briefs, explain the significance of colourful bags and ribbons, and cause mayhem with some dark humour- but who doesn't love the sound of a "mans laughter"?
    A Somethin' Else production.
    Susie's trio:
    Ninguid- blanketed in snow
    Widdendream- to be in a state of confusion or mental disturbance
    Rhinarium- the moist nose of an animal like a dog or a cat
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.

    • 45 min
    Pity Me

    Pity Me

    Do you know your Bournes from your Burghs, your Casters from your Chesters, your Kils from your Kirks? This week we’re having another look at place names and the fascinating stories behind some of our nationally treasured locations.
    Gyles and Susie tell us why Plymouth Hoe is not a misogynistic slur, why the God Thor never visits The Devil’s Punch Bowl and and where the oxen used to cross the river.
    Plus a hair-raising story from Halifax and a cry for compassion from Durham and Cornwall!

    Susie's trio:
    Quignogs- ridiculous ideas or conceits 
    Finnying- timid or fearful 
    Nickerers- new shoes that creak 

    A Somethin’ Else production

    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.

    • 40 min
    Protest

    Protest

    Purple People we have been feeling flumped and slumped, so this week we’re getting pumped for Protest!
    And how thrilling protest can be. Whether its sedition or insurrection, riot or revolt, Susie and Gyles explore the words of protest and revolution. 
    Susie tells us why the Roman god Jupiter may have some thoughts about that incident at Capitol Hill, Gyles delights in the anti-ageism of the Senate and even manages to find something saucy in Congress. 
    Gyles and Susie also answer mail, get to the root of carrots/carets/carats and solve your excellent cross word clues.
    Featuring “Inspector Morse” by Jim Parker.
    Susie's Trio:
    Jawbation- an tedious, extensive rebuke
    Fossick- to rummage around, to search about
    Twickered- a word from the Isle of Wight, to be tired and weary
    A Somethin’ Else production
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.

    • 46 min
    Zarf

    Zarf

    Another month, another week, another episode for our dear Purple People! Take a whiff of that petrichor and allow us to metaphorically remove the phloem from life's banana. Come join us in this wordy oasis!
    This week Gyles and Susie will be remembering enough forgotten words to keep you thinking today, tomorrow and over-morrow. If you're fond of procrastination, or even a bit of perendination, never fear we'll be here whatever day of the week you like to listen.
    Gyles wonders if his hallux makes him a secret royal, takes pride in his glabrous visage and wonders where in the body the uvula is. Meanwhile, Susie explains why the philtrum and the omphalos are as precious to mammals as they were to Ancient Greeks, tells us why your caruncle may be bigger when you're tired and generally gives us the ultimate anatomy class according to an etymologist.
    We also answer some purple mail about poodle-fakers, pagans and pedipulation!
    A Somethin’ Else production
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.
    Susies trio:
    Bucklebuster- a line in a play or book or comedy that makes you laugh out loud
    Sequaciousness- the slalavish following of another, even to extreme ends
    Whithering and Wuthering- move with great force or to buffet like the wind 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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Spontaneity, wit, humour and etymological delights. Perfect!

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