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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://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

Something Rhymes with Purple Somethin’ Else

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 249 Ratings

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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://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Pluffy

    Pluffy

    This week we’re going goo-goo and gaga as we investigate the wonderful words associated with babies. We cut the umbilical cord, discover the Roman connections with c-sections, and reveal the link between a fountain and a baby’s head. So, depending on where you are in the world, pop a dummy or a pacifier into your mouth and hop into our linguistic pram/buggy and we’ll whizz you through the language of babies before a well-earned nap in your cot… or should that be crib?

    Elsewhere Gyles reveals the fascinating results of studies into the memories and language-learning of the very young and Susie offers up an unusual remedy for a baby in breach.
    And of course we answer lots of your questions along the way about being ‘wet behind the ears’, ’throwing the baby out with the bath water’, and much more.
    If you have a linguistic query for Susie and Gyles then the email address is purple@somethinelse.com. We’d love to hear from you!

    Susie’s: Trio:
    - Doppet: to play a musical instrument rather jerkily
    - Pleep: to speak in a querulous tone of voice
    - Pluffy: to be fat and fluffy

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    • 37 min
    Big Top

    Big Top

    Join us under the Big Top this week as your ringmasters Susie and Gyles crack their etymological whips to tell the stories of the freaks, geeks, and clowns that populate our circuses.

    We discover the famous hands Gyles has shaken at one remove thanks to Popov The Clown, we learn about the joke behind jugglers, and we ask what’s the point of acrobats?

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    Susie’s Trio:
    Quodlibertarian - a pedantic blowhard; someone who argues over every single point
    Tranklements - bric-a-brac
    Fulminous - relating to or resembling thunder and lightning

    If you want to get in touch with a question or suggestion then please email purple@somethinelse.com

    • 37 min
    Grok

    Grok

    Postman Purple is back with his big sack of Purple People correspondence!

    You heard it right folks, Gyles and Susie are diving into the mail bag where we are going to explore what connects airports and kitchens, what happened when Susie tried charcoal toothpaste and we have some Purple People theories on your ‘Aunt Nels’ (spoiler: includes shells and elephants).

    We also venture into the world of the extraterrestrial and - perhaps a purple first - learn some language of the martians. Gyles takes us on a dangerous and sadly fateful voyage with a Flawed Horny Well Worn Ghost (Gyles will reveal all!) and also coins a new term we are sure many of you will relate to, as he acknowledges himself as a ‘dent-o-phile’. - to be submitted to the OED imminently.

    Yours faithfully,
    The Purple Producers

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    We love getting your Purple Post so please email purple@somethinelse.com and you might be hearing your question in your Aunt Nels in the upcoming weeks.

    TRIO
    Plangent - A loud and resonant sound
    Dendrology - The scientific study of trees
    Wegotist - Someone who overuses the royal ‘we’

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    • 41 min
    Icarus

    Icarus

    Chocks away! Roll out! Hello!
    It’s another Tuesday and we’re pushing the envelope (well, not really, but we love alliteration) and presenting you, our Purple People, with another episode!

    The last year and a half has been almost entirely devoid of holidays. Have you missed the miniatures? Have you longed for a drink as you fly over the drink? Have you ever had a Delsey dinner with a crumb cruncher?

    Well even if you’re not up in the air, we at Something Rhymes With Purple will get you half way there this week, as we take off, cruise and land in the world of Aeroplanes!

    Susie tells us how her love of turbulence turned a corner when a trolly dolly took a tumble (though don’t you call them that!) and explains how Roger and Romeo are related. Gyles adds the concorde to his fabulous list of names to drop and tells us all about Carol Vorderman in the cockpit!

    Elsewhere Mayday has nothing to do with Summer, crop dusting has nothing to do with the harvest and mangoes may well be the favourite fruit of Mile High club members.

    We love getting your Purple Post so if you have a question for Gyles and Susie then fire it over to purple@somethinelse.com and Bob’s your uncle.

    To buy SRWP mugs and more head to.... https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple

    TRIO
    Umbriferous - casting or making shade
    Solander - protective box made in the form of a book
    Ortanique - cross between and orange and a tangerine

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    • 37 min
    SRWP Bonus Episode 2 - French

    SRWP Bonus Episode 2 - French

    In this second of our exclusive Purple Plus episodes Gyles and Susie enjoy a coffee and a croissant as they meander through the streets of Paris and discuss their love of French language and culture. Susie reveals the long-lasting impact of the Norman invasion on the English language and Gyles reminisces about the time he was happiest as a boy: visiting Parisian cinemas in the 1950s.
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    And if you have a topic you’d like Gyles and Susie to discuss away from the main podcast then please do let us know via purple@somethinelse.com and put Purple Plus in the subject line.

    Merry-go-sorry

    Merry-go-sorry

    Roll up, roll up and scream if you want to go faster!

    This week Gyles and Susie take a spin on the carousel (or should that be merry-go-round) as they waltz their way through the general hoopla of fairgrounds and carnivals. They marvel at the ironic profession of the inventor of candy floss, they toss away the notion that coconuts are shy, and Gyles reminisces about his father’s attempts to knock an old woman out of her bed. Strap in, it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a ride.

    As always there are lots of your fabulous emails to answer so if you have a question for Gyles and Susie then fire it over to purple@somethinelse.com and Bob’s your uncle.

    A Somethin’ Else production

    Susie’s trio:
    Merry-go-sorry - a mixture of joy and sadness
    Edacious - fond of eating
    Sesquipedalian - a word with too many syllables; or using too many long words

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

Qoth ,

Purely enjoyable.

A lovely, and delightfully deceptive, educational program. You’ll be so entertained that you rarely notice you’ve learned something.

MysteryMackerel ,

Unfortunate hot mess

A show that promises insights about language and global culture but is overrun by inane opinions and comments from a privileged aristocrat who continues to enjoy relevance because of social connections and not intelligence. Poor Susie Dent; she’s probably been forced to deal with Gyles by producers. Susie should get her own show and drop the unnecessary input of a self-righteous name-dropper who is clearly faking interest in the topic of language in order to get a paycheck.

Rick Bates ,

An Absolute Delight

One of the rare joys of being a completist is finding a collection which one not only needs to consume, but which one also WANTS to consume in its entirety.

Something Rhymes With Purple is such a find. At this writing I am 23 episodes in, with 87 still ahead of me. I feel positively wealthy.

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