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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/

    Euphuism

    Euphuism

    Join us in our linguistic dystopia as we proles explore the language of George Orwell. We’ll be discussing newspeak and oldspeak, and attempting to double-think all under the watchful eye of Big Brother… hoping that we won’t get thrown into Room 101… somewhere Gyles has been before actually. 


    Elsewhere we’ll be dissecting Orwell’s six rules of writing, Gyles encourages Susie to write a novel, and we discover more about Orwell’s nom du plume, his moniker, his nickname if you will…


    As always, a trio of words from Susie to add to your collection, and Gyles struggles to talk with a mouth full of sausages…


    Susie’s Trio:
    Angel Visit - a catch up with a friend that’s all too rare
    Pseudologist - a liar
    Sunwake - the reflection of the sun on the surface of the sea


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    • 33 min
    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...


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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.


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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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

cocoloba ,

Keeping me sane in lockdown

I just love, love, love this program....!

Monsterella3000 ,

A pure delight

There is something magical and strangely comforting about hearing Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth discuss idiom and word orgins.

teo del fuego ,

Absolutely Wonderful

Two thoroughly enjoyable people having delightful conversations about the origin of words. But the podcast is so much more than that. The humor, digressions, and asides make this podcast hugely entertaining as well as educational. Let's hope Gyles and Susie have a long running hit with this. If you liked the old BBC program, My Word, you'll love this.

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