6 episodes

Language is power. Emojis, slang, the subjunctive mood . . . all colour our words with meaning. Interested? Then you’re in the right place. Welcome to the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast.


Join Gyles Brandreth, Natalie Haynes and a group of fellow word nerds as they journey through the intricacies and everyday pitfalls of the English language


Discover more about the book behind the podcast at http://bit.ly/HYEGwts

Have You Eaten Grandma? Gyles Brandreth and Penguin Books

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Language is power. Emojis, slang, the subjunctive mood . . . all colour our words with meaning. Interested? Then you’re in the right place. Welcome to the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast.


Join Gyles Brandreth, Natalie Haynes and a group of fellow word nerds as they journey through the intricacies and everyday pitfalls of the English language


Discover more about the book behind the podcast at http://bit.ly/HYEGwts

    The language of slanguage

    The language of slanguage

    Join Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes as they chance it with Chaucer, shimmy with Shakespeare and battle-rap it all up. It’s going to be totally wicked.


    This episode they are joined by Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal, Jill Taylor, editorial director at Penguin Books, and Mark Grist, Shetland's leading - and only - battle-rapper.
     
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    • 19 min
    To um and err on the side of caution

    To um and err on the side of caution

    Join Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes as they um and er their way from amazeballs to Parliamentary halls, all on the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast. It’s to die for. 


    This episode they are joined by Dr Julia Sallabank, linguistics professor at SOAS University of London, Dan Schrieber, of QI and No Such Thing As A Fish fame, and Fiona Evans, Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust. 
     
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    • 22 min
    On death, euphemisms and taxes

    On death, euphemisms and taxes

    Join Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes as they discuss the Bard, the beat and the long sleep.


    This episode they are joined by Ben Crystal, leading practitioner of Shakespeare modern original practice performance and production, Rai Rafiq from the award-winning Mostly Lit podcast and writer Paul Bassett Davies.
     
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    • 20 min
    The catastrophe of the apostrophe

    The catastrophe of the apostrophe

    Join Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes as they ponder apostrophes, grammar catastrophes, and how to literally eat your grandma.


    This episode they are joined by QI elf, and host of the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast, Dan Schrieber, Michael Gorman from the Queen's English Society, and Jill Taylor, editorial director at Penguin Books.
     
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    • 22 min
    To emoji or not to emoji, that is the question

    To emoji or not to emoji, that is the question

    Join Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes as they rofl over the aubergine emoji, disagree on text speak and debate the intricacies of ‘lol’.


    This episode they are joined by battle-rapper Mark Grist, Derek Owusu from the award-winning Mostly Lit podcast, and Fiona Evans, Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust. 
     
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    • 19 min
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