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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/

    Guttersnipes

    Guttersnipes

    Roll up, roll up! Read all about it! This week we're stalking the pavements of Fleet Street to get the scoop on the lingo from the world of journalism. We'll be finding out what links an urchin to a hedgehog, why you'd rather your basement wasn't spiked, and why a tabloid might be just the pill that you need. It's all part of the furniture.


    Also, through the smoke of the newsroom, Susie types up her weekly trio of words and Gyles delivers a fantastic poem about the joys of reclining...


    If you want to get in touch, please do, we're at purple@somethinelse.com.


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    • 32 min
    Filer à l'anglaise

    Filer à l'anglaise

    This week we're speaking double Dutch, navigating a Mexican standoff, and playing Russian roulette as we investigate how different nationalities have embedded themselves into English. We'll be playing Chinese whispers, dreaming of Indian summers and hoping to receive a French kiss rather than one from Glasgow...


    Elsewhere Susie will be furnishing us with her weekly trio, Gyles reveals what Liz Hurley taught him about the female anatomy, and we'll be answering as many of your brilliant emails as possible.


    If you want to get in touch, please do, we're at purple@somethinelse.com


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    Susie's trio:
    Ochlophobia - extreme or irrational fear of crowds
    Dentiloquy - talking through clenched teeth
    Tittle - the dot above the letter i or j
     
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    • 37 min
    Yakamoz

    Yakamoz

    This week it's all about spreading some joy as we go through words that bring us pleasure. We touch on some old favourites, words that describe joyous things, like halcyon, spindrift and sussuration, as well as words that satisfy in a different way like unprosperousness, or words that are just fun to say, like sausage. Alongside individual words Susie explains why she finds German to be a joyous language and Gyles describes a recent case of anticipointment as well as waxing lyrical about the humble Rolo chocolate.


    As always, we get through lots of your brilliant emails and questions, Susie has her trio of words and Gyles treats us to a poem about weight-loss written by one Gyles Brandreth.


    Susie's Trio:
    Pilgarlic - a bald-headed man
    Pinguescence - the process of becoming fat
    Illywhacker - a small-time confidence trickster


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    • 34 min
    John Doe

    John Doe

    This week we're being a couple of Smart Alecs and Clever Dicks and we're exploring the world of names hidden in common phrases... and were they based on real people? Was there an original Joe Bloggs? Did he ever cross paths with John Doe? Why was Jack such a lad? Upon whom was Tom peeping? All whilst being 'on our tod' recording from separate locations.


    Gyles will be testing our general knowledge with some questions he picked up at a star-studded charity event and, as usual, Susie will be providing her trio of words to take with you into the week.


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    Susie's Trio:
    Clinophobia - a fear of lying down
    Paralipsis - giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing at all ("I'm not even going to mention...")
    Skimble-Skamble - rambling and confused
     
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    • 36 min
    Alcatraz

    Alcatraz

    One in the hand, is worth two in the bush... This week Gyles and Susie dig into the surprisingly significant etymology of birds. From the unlucky albatross to the onomatopoeic cuckoo, find out what Professor Dumbledore has to do with bees and what parrots have to do with the Kama Sutra...


    Elsewhere, Susie has her trio of words for you to sprinkle into casual conversation this week and Gyles reads an original 20s poem you can wash your hands to....


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    • 32 min
    By and large

    By and large

    This week we’re all at sea… in a good way! We’re plumbing the depths of the ocean, nailing our colours to the mast and, by and large, dipping our toe into the etymological waters of nautical terminology. Who was Davey Jones? We all know she sold sea shells on the sea shore… but who was she? What do pot-washers have to do with Captain Nemo? All will be revealed if you’re willing to take a dip…


    Away from the water, Gyles tells us of his virtual tea party with Twiggy, Susie has three words to slip into casual conversation, and there’s a very topical 20-second poem to wash your hands to.


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    Susie’s Trio:
    Resistentialism - seemingly spiteful behaviour manifested by inanimate objects
    Spindrift - the salty spray blown from the crests of a wave
    Quiddling - to focus on the small tasks in order to delay doing the bigger tasks
     
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    • 38 min

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DennisDonncha ,

Thoroughly enjoyable

Really love listening to this in the morning as I try to have a relaxing breakfast before work. This podcast helps a lot!

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Best podcast around!

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