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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 in this award-winning podcast.

We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com

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Something Rhymes with Purple Something Rhymes

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    • 4.8 • 301 Ratings

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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 in this award-winning podcast.

We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com

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You can buy our branded mugs, tote bags and T-shirts here: https://bit.ly/37huhqs

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    Dragoon

    Dragoon

    Don your armour and grab your steed, Purple people because today we are galloping onto the battle field to uncover the etymological treasures of Weaponry.   



    From biting bullets to smoking guns, Susie will guide us through the link between rainbows and archery, what the Armadillo has to do with armoury and why freelancers weren’t always that friendly. Gyles shares some further behind-the-scenes details of one of the most watched events on tele which leads into discussions of corona (but not that corona) and why it’s courteous to curtsy.   



    Susie and Gyles have their weekly dose of three scintillating words and a delicious poem for us and as always, they want to hear from you! 



    Find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com  



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    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:   

    Kalokagathia: Nobility and goodness of character 

    Nidification: to build a nest and retreat for a while 

    Polydipsia: A great thirst (usually in a figurative sense eg. for fame)  



    Gyles' poem this week was ‘To You’ by  Langston Hughes  



    To sit down and dream, 

    To sit and read, 

    To sit and learn about the world 

    Outside our world of here and now- 

    Our problem world- 

    To dream of vast horizons of the soul 

    Through dreams made whole, 

    Unfettered free-help me! 

    All you who are dreamers,too, 

    Help me to make our world anew. 

    I reach out my dreams to you.   



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    • 37 min
    A to Z of Poets: M

    A to Z of Poets: M

    M for Louis MacNeice

    The thirteeth in our series focused on some of Gyles and Susie’s favourite poets exclusively for the Purple Plus Club. They’ll be fun facts, a dive into the language, and today we have time for two poems from our poet in discussion.

    M is for Louis MacNeice and today you will be hearing ‘An extract from the Autumn Journal (12 September 1907 – 3 september 1963)’


    September has come and I wake
    And I think with joy how whatever, now or in future,
    the system
    Nothing whatever can take
    The people away, there will always be people
    For friends or for lovers though perhaps
    The conditions of love will be changed and its vices
    diminished
    And affection not lapse
    To narrow possessiveness, jealousy founded on vanity.
    September has come, it is hers
    Whose vitality leaps in the autumn,
    Whose nature prefers
    Trees without leaves and a fire in the fire-place;
    So I give her this month and the next
    Though the whole of my year should be hers who has
    rendered already
    So many of its days intolerable or perplexed
    But so many more so happy;
    Who has left a scent on my life and left my walls
    Dancing over and over with her shadow,
    Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls
    And all of London littered with remembered kisses.
    So I am glad
    That life contains her with her moods and moments
    More shifting and more transient than I had
    Yet thought of as being integral to beauty;
    Whose mind is like the wind on a sea of wheat,
    Whose eyes are candour,
    And assurance in her feet
    Like a homing pigeon never by doubt diverted.
    To whom I send my thanks
    That the air has become shot silk, the streets are music,
    And that the ranks
    Of men are ranks of men, no more of cyphers.
    So that if now alone
    I must pursue this life, it will not be only
    A drag from numbered stone to numbered stone
    But a ladder of angels, river turning tidal.

    You will also hear ‘The sunlight on the Garden’ by MacNeice

    The sunlight on the garden
    Hardens and grows cold,
    We cannot cage the minute
    Within its nets of gold;
    When all is told
    We cannot ask for pardon.

    We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com We currently have 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

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    An update from the Purple Plus Club…

    An update from the Purple Plus Club…

    You heard it here first - we’re expanding our horizons here on Something Rhymes with Purple and welcome you to join us for not just 1, but 2 episodes every week.  If you’re an Apple Purple Person, tap the banner in the app to enjoy a 7-day free trial or head to purpleplusclub.com to join us on all other platforms.  As if that wasn’t enough, you will also get all episodes completely ad-free.  

    Speak soon, Gyles & Susie.  



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    • 1 min
    Cobbler

    Cobbler

    It’s time to take a trip to the bakery Purple People where we will run into Lords and Ladies, horses and testicles as we explore the shelves of bread.   



    Come discover why the upper crust really is better, what bread rolls and parchment have in common, how lumps and humps gave name to Nubbys and Cobs and why having butter with your chip butty is essential.  



    Gyles shares his latest ‘Oh Crumbs!’ moment and Susie tells us about her Sourdough Bread making adventure.   

    It really is the best thing since sliced bread…   



    Purple People, Gyles and Susie want you to share your nicknames and slang terms for bread, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com  



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    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:   

    Overmorrow - The day after tomorrow 

    Roucoulement: The gentle cooing of doves 

    Yesterfang: That which was caught or taken yesterday   



    Gyles' poem this week was 'The Mower' by ‘Philip Larkin' 



    The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found    

    A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,    

    Killed. It had been in the long grass.  



    I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.    

    Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world    

    Unmendably. Burial was no help:  



    Next morning I got up and it did not. 

    The first day after a death, the new absence    

    Is always the same; we should be careful  



    Of each other, we should be kind    

    While there is still time.    





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    • 36 min
    A to Z of Poets: L

    A to Z of Poets: L

    L for Philip Larkin

    The twelfth in our series focused on some of Gyles and Susie’s favourite poets exclusively for the Purple Plus Club. They’ll be fun facts, a dive into the language, and today we have time for two poems from our poet in discussion.

    L is for Philip Larkin and the poem today is ‘This Be the Verse’

    WARNING

    They f**k you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were f****d up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.


    We also had time for a second poem by Larkin on today’s episode, this is ‘Days’ by Philip Larkin

    What are days for?
    Days are where we live.
    They come, they wake us
    Time and time over.
    They are to be happy in:
    Where can we live but days?

    Ah, solving that question
    Brings the priest and the doctor
    In their long coats
    Running over the fields.


    We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com

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    Water Vessels

    Water Vessels

    We’ve spoken before about Susie’s, often fancy, water glasses that she sips on throughout the recordings… so this week we are pouring our thoughts into the vessels that we use to hold our drinks and have done for many centuries. 



    Eavesdrop on us, with your favourite drink as we spill what we know about water vessels. 



    We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com 



    We currently have 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple 



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    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: 

    Zarf: a cup-shaped holder for a hot coffee-cup, used in the Levant, usually of metal and of ornamental design 

    Aprosexia: an inability to concentrate due to a distracted mind (prosexis: heedfulness) 

    Froonce: to frolic exuberantly 



    Gyles' poem this week was from Martyn Hesford ’s book ‘Lilac White’. 



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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
301 Ratings

301 Ratings

PedroDexter ,

Amazing

If Jimmy hadn't mentioned it on the show, I wouldn't have found this amazing podcast. Learning from Susie is fascinating. Thank you! As an life-long English learner, this is very interesting. I wish the man stopped interrupting her all the time. He doesn't sound American to me, so I don't get why he keeps doing it. Keep it up, Susie! Greetings from a Colombian in California!

kliamo ,

My new (old) favorite

So sorry it’s taken me so long to find this. Too good to be true. Awesome.

Andrew I Forrester ,

Words are Magic

Thanks Gyles and Susie for your expertise, witty repartee and of course your honesty. Sharing your lives in this way is a great gift and I appreciate what you do! Fave word to say: lugubrious; Fave word to teach: onomatopoeia; Current pet peeve: 100 per cent!

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