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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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 347 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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    Botulus

    Botulus

    *Cough cough*... This week Susie and Gyles explore the language of diseases. From Cholera to Mumps, and Malaria to Influenza, they have you covered.



    Also, we reveal the WINNERS of our 'To Dent' and 'To Brandreth' competition!



    We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us on our email address here: purplepeople@somethingrhymes.com



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    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: 



    Shackbaggerly: Disordered and unkempt.

    Komorebi (Japanese): The patterns cast by sunlight filtering through trees.

    Gruttling (old East Anglian dialect): A strange, inexplicable noise.



    Gyles' poem this week was 'Sick Room' by Billy Collins



    Every time Canaletto painted Venice

    he painted her from a different angle,



    sometimes from point of view

    he must have imagined,



    for there is no place in the city

    he could have stood and observed such scenes.



    How ingenious of him to visualise

    a dome or canal from any point in space.



    How passionate he was

    to delineate Venice from perspectives



    that required him to mount the air

    and levitate there with his floating brush.



    But I have been sick in this bed

    for over sixty hours,



    and I am not Canaletto,

    and this airless little room,



    with its broken ceiling fan

    and it monstrous wallpaper, is not Venice.

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    • 47 min
    Wit and Wisdom A-Z: Kurt Vonnegut

    Wit and Wisdom A-Z: Kurt Vonnegut

    We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

    Kurt Vonnegut: Satirical writer, American soldier, and prisoner of war.


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    Fascicles

    Fascicles

    This week, Susie and Gyles unravel the intricate history of dictionaries, those indispensable guides that serve as gateways to language. From ancient lexicons to modern compendiums, we explore how dictionaries have shaped our understanding of words and the world around us. And Gyles lets us know how his weight lifting is going...



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    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: 



    Idioticon : A dialect dictionary.

    Limbeck: To rack the brain and exhaust yourself in an effort to come up with a new idea.

    Proggle: To poke, prod, or grubble about.



    Gyles' poem this week was 'Shakespeare at School' by Wendy Cope



    Forty boys on benches with their quills

    Six days a week through almost all the year,

    Long hours of Latin with relentless drills

    And repetition, all enforced by fear.

    I picture Shakespeare sitting near the back,

    Indulging in a risky bit of fun

    By exercising his prodigious knack

    Of thinking up an idiotic pun,

    And whispering his gem to other boys,

    Some of whom could not suppress their mirth –

    Behaviour that unfailingly annoys

    Any teacher anywhere on earth.

    The fun was over when the master spoke:

    Will Shakespeare, come up here and share the joke.



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    • 33 min
    Wit and Wisdom A-Z: Peter Ustinov

    Wit and Wisdom A-Z: Peter Ustinov

    Life is unfair but remember sometimes it is unfair in your favour...

    Peter Ustinov: English actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, raconteur, and humanitarian.

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    Bafflegab

    Bafflegab

    This week Susie and Gyles get lost in the world of nonsensical language, and embrace the weird, wacky and wonderful ways the English language can be.



    Your favourite duo also pay homage to the masters of nonsensical language – Dr. Seuss, whose fantastical worlds and playful rhymes have enchanted generations of readers; Spike Milligan, the irreverent genius known for his zany humor and inventive wordplay; and Edward Lear, the Victorian poet and artist renowned for his witty limericks and nonsensical verse.



    We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us on our email address here: purplepeople@somethingrhymes.com



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    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: 



    Spissitude: Thickness or compactness. 

    Latescent: Slowly becoming hidden. 

    Gronk: Fluff between your toes.



    Gyles' poem this week was 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat' by Edward Lear



    I

    The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea

       In a beautiful pea-green boat,

    They took some honey, and plenty of money,

       Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

    The Owl looked up to the stars above,

       And sang to a small guitar,

    "O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,

        What a beautiful Pussy you are,

             You are,

             You are!

    What a beautiful Pussy you are!"



    II

    Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!

       How charmingly sweet you sing!

    O let us be married! too long we have tarried:

       But what shall we do for a ring?"

    They sailed away, for a year and a day,

       To the land where the Bong-Tree grows

    And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood

       With a ring at the end of his nose,

                 His nose,

                 His nose,

       With a ring at the end of his nose.



    III

    "Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

       Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."

    So they took it away, and were married next day

       By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

    They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

       Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

       They danced by the light of the moon,

                 The moon,

                 The moon,

    They danced by the light of the moon.



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    • 45 min
    Wit and Wisdom A-Z: Elizabeth Taylor

    Wit and Wisdom A-Z: Elizabeth Taylor

    She may share her name with a very famous actress, but she is an iconic in her own unique way...

    Elizabeth Taylor: An English novelist and short-story writer.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

PedroDexter ,

Amazing

Mr. Giles...shhhhh! Stop interrupting Ms. Dent! Just stop!

itsdavie ,

I can feel myself getting smarter!

Such and cozy listen. Susie and Gyles are so smart and funny. I love this podcast!

AK Musician ,

A Favorite

10 stars, 5 for Susie and 5 for Gyles. My goal is not to shout out other podcasts, but I find it funny that my favorite podcasts are all British: “something rhymes with purple”, “no such thing as a fish” and “the infinite monkey cage”. What do the names of these podcasts say about language, and more important, what does it say about me, a medical professional in Alaska!! Keep us laughing…we all need it!

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