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Reviews: 4

George O'Carroll
 Jul 11, 2019
Love it

Sam
 Jun 11, 2019
I have no words to describe how enjoyable this is. A filling of tidbits.

peterb
 Jun 7, 2019
A nice way to pass some time and learn something too. Susie and Gyles obviously get on well, fans of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will hear a much more relaxed Susie Dent!

David Bainbridge
 Apr 19, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyable romp through the murky corners of the English language. there are ad breaks.

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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.


Episode Date
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
00:34:48

This week is our first ever show recorded in front of a LIVE audience. In front of a packed room of Purple People at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, Gyles and Susie discuss their love of words and their individual “word journeys”. Susie runs through some of her favourite etymologies like Buxom, Scurryfunge and Halcyon. Gyles reveals his New Year Resolutions and gives us a run down of the longest, shortest, most common and most liked words in the English language. 


As a real treat we get to answer the Purple People’s questions with them there in the room and, as always, Susie has her trio of words for you to take into the week.


We also have an exciting announcement regarding your next tea break…


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Susie’s Trio:

Nudnik - a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore

Propinquity - the state of being close to someone or something

Obabmbulate - to walk about or wander


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Jan 21, 2020
We Have Our Own Merch!
00:00:42

Here at Something Rhymes With Purple we now have our very own mugs! Susie and Gyles are big fans, and you will be too!


Pick up your very own Something Rhymes With Purple mug here: https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/


Happy drinking!

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Jan 20, 2020
Dexter
00:31:17

This week we’re playing the name game! Following on from our recent episode on surnames and nominative determinism, we’re now casting our eye over first names. What do they mean? What are their origins? Do they reflect your personality or does your personality change to suit your name? So whether you’re a Gyles, Dexter, George, Charity, Faith, or a Harper, join us in finding out what’s in a name…

As usual we’ll be answering questions you’ve sent in via Twitter and email and Susie will be serving up her trio of words for the week.


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Susie’s trio:

Ultracrepidarian - somebody who gives opinions on matters way above their knowledge

Quidnunc - an inquisitive and gossipy person

Kiddlywink - an old Cornish word for a pub or ale house


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Jan 14, 2020
Something Rhymes With Purple LIVE
00:00:36

Something Rhymes With Purple's first ever live shows are taking place on 14th January at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.


We're so looking forward to it, and Susie and Gyles would love to see as many of you there as possible!


Some tickets are still available at acast.com/live.


See you there!

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Jan 10, 2020
Leather-arse
00:25:12

Taxi!! This week we’re giving you a ride through the world of cabbie vernacular. We’re testing our Knowledge, taking you through the Oranges & Lemons right up to the Gasworks. But you better not be a Butter Boy taking advantage of this leather-arse who’s on a Churchill… 


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Susie’s Trio:

Beeking - to bask in the sun or the warmth of the fire

Nurdle - the perfect swoosh of toothpaste on a toothpaste advert

Dasypygal - having hairy buttocks


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Jan 07, 2020
Le Pétomane
00:36:27

It’s Christmaaaaaaaas! This week we’re vamping it up and delving into festive language, discovering the origins of Boxing Day, why a punch packs a punch, and why a partridge in a pear tree might not be the blessing it first seems. And to get you through the Christmas break Gyles has a few games up his sleeve… Happy Christmas one and all. 


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Susie’s trio:

Gymnologise - to have an argument in the nude

Eye-servant - someone who only works when the boss is looking

Phrontistery - a place for contemplation


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Dec 24, 2019
Tawdry
00:28:14

This week we’re doing some last-minute shopping and trying not to act like a couple of bulls in a china shop. We’ll be discussing the various theories behind the origin of Black Friday, why a shop is called a shop, why a high street is high, and differentiating between haggling and bartering. 


We will also be learning about the connection between counters and computers and the difference between a BOGOF and a BOBFOC. As always we’ll be answering some of your excellent emails and having some fun with puns in a new word game. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio:

Abligurition - excessive spending on food and drink

Angel Visit - a catch up with a friend that happens all too rarely

Twankle - to twang with the fingers on a musical instrument


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Dec 17, 2019
Nipcheese
00:26:29

This week Gyles and Susie go tit for tat, giving as good as they get in hurling some creative insults at each other. From the Shakespearean to the sublime they relish in finding out the origins behind calling someone a ‘fopdoodle’, a ‘dandyprat’, and a ‘mugwump’. And, ahead of this week’s General Election, Susie revisits a couple of choice political insults for you to slip into any debates that might arise. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s Trio:

APANTHROPY - the desire to be left alone

PUNT - the dint in the bottom of a wine bottle

SUNWAKE - the reflection of a sunrise on the surface of the sea


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Dec 10, 2019
Pissabed
00:29:36

This week is all about YOU the listener. We go through loads of your (much appreciated) emails to debate the origins of phrases like By Hook or By Crook, discuss the myriad alternative definitions of the word ‘growler’, and unveil the bizarre connection between lions’ teeth and wetting the bed…


We also reveal the origins of the words ‘correspond’ and ‘letter’, explain what CC on an email means and highlight the importance of little snails and monkeys’ tails in online correspondence. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio:

Cherubimical - described someone who is a happy drunk

Jamais vu - “never seen” (the opposite of deja vu); the feeling of never having encountered something despite being familiar with it

Lickpenny - something that uses up large amounts of money


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Dec 03, 2019
Hysteria
00:24:43

This week we’re going hysterical for medical terms. We’ll be turning our lexicographical X-Ray machine on and diagnosing the etymology of everything from asphyxia to syringe. Join us to discover Descartes' link to the X-Ray, what a Hippocratic face looks like, and exactly where an obstetrician should stand. We also ‘toady-up’ to the quack and sing the praises of the sturdy thrush. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio:

Fisk - to run about hastily and heedlessly

Pingle - to pick at your food

Apple-catchers - a big pair of knickers


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Nov 26, 2019
Grog-blossom
00:28:34

Today we’re practicing the toilet arts and taking a trip through the language of beauty. We cover up our mouse-marks and grog-blossoms with lashings of ham-fat, bicker over our bikinis, and debate whether being buxom is an upstairs or a downstairs issue. Gyles also reveals his 'Tommy Two-ways side' and Susie wraps everything up in a nutshell....a Somethin' Else production.


Susie’s Trio of Words:

WAMBLECROPT - feeling decidedly queasy

TRAMPOOSE - walk reluctantly or to trudge

BEGGARS’ VELVET - particles of dust floating in the sunlight


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Nov 19, 2019
Nemophilism
00:29:49

This week we’re going al fresco and kicking the leaves on an autumnal walk through the woods. We discuss the difference between woods and forests and the connection between forests and foreigners. We also blaze a trail by hook or by crook through our neck of the woods, and we get to the root of the link between trees and loyalty. And do you know which language has 421 different terms for snow? It’s not as obvious as you’d think... A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s Trio of Words:

Roke - a fog that rises in the evening off marshes and water meadoes

Slidder - a hollow running down a hill

Striddle - to walk uncomfortably (to hirple, if you will…)


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Nov 12, 2019
Cacafuego
00:25:26

Today we’re shaking a leg. We’ve already talked about the language of the body from the head to the chest. Now we’re going down below. Featuring guts for garters, the heart’s eye, chancing your arm, pickpockets pulling your leg, hepcats, gamblers with cold feet, making a fist of it, the origin of the rule of thumb, vile bile, letting it all spew out and some more lalochezia. A Somethin’ Else production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words:


Nepenthe: a drink or potion to bring forgetfulness of all your worries. 

Solastalgia: the emotional and physical stress caused by environmental change .

Cacafuego: a fire shitter. 


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Nov 05, 2019
Gobelinus
00:26:42

Wooooooo, it’s our Halloween Special! Susie and Gyles go on the hunt for the spooky meanings lurking beneath our language. Featuring fairies, oafs, seeing gremlins, the origin of wicked, evil spirits eating the flesh of corpses, grave robbers, the origin of abracadabra, phalluses diverting the attention of the evil eye and haunted lemurs. A Somethin’ Else production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words:


Fernweh: the longing for faraway places. 

Nuddle: to walk in a daydream-y state with your head down.

Thorough-cough: to cough and break wind at the same time. 


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Oct 29, 2019
Haddaway
00:26:18

We’re talking sports this week. What have boxing, horse racing and dart throwing done for the English language? Featuring Gyles meeting the Beckhams, the real Real McCoy, the origin of starting from scratch, stinging like a butterfly, a turn up for the books, a dead ringer, winning hands down, the Canterbury Gallop, the mystery of the oche, the bunghole, “Glenn Hoddle’s onslaught on English as we know it”, slugging someone, scarpering, haddaway and shite. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words:


Engouement: an irrational fondness for something.

Gove: to stare stupidly. 

Noggle: achieving something with difficulty. 


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Oct 22, 2019
Cachinnator
00:20:05

The words introduced to our language by poets. Featuring nerds, meeting T.S. Eliot, measuring your life in coffee spoons, runcible spoons, the bobowler, Chaucer on Twitter, pandemonium, tripping the light fantastic, limericks, fools rushing in, feeling like a gooseberry and some poetry from our listeners. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words:


Swasivious: to be persuasive in an agreeable way.

Balter: to dance clumsily. 

Cachinnator: one who laughs too loudly. 


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Oct 15, 2019
Podiacide
00:29:52

The hidden vocabulary of the body (part 1: from the head to the chest). Featuring dishevelled hair, raised eyebrows, gorgeous thoats, men in bras, Frans Titslinger, hedgehog hair, the origin of the apple of your eye, the skin of your teeth, nosy park keepers, pulling Joan Collins's wig, chips on your shoulder, the cold shoulder and the albatross around your neck. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susue’s Trio of Words:


Podiacide: death by foot, putting your foot in it. 

Psithurism: the whispering of leaves in the wind. 

Ploiter: to work in an ineffective way. 


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Oct 08, 2019
Thunderplump
00:23:37

We’re talking about the weather today. Not because we have nothing to say. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Featuring a Monkey’s Wedding, forecasters, heated waistcoats, feeling nesh, Cloud 8, the wet stuff and the white stuff, zee versus zed, brain crushes, zebra erections, the origin of Blighty, dudes and waffling. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words


Nefandous: too odious to be spoken of. 

Monodynamic: having one talent only. 

Potpanion: a friend to go to the pub with. 


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Oct 01, 2019
Sphallolalia
00:25:12

There’s no synonym for love. Today we’re talking about the surprisingly limited language for love. Featuring aubergine emojis, 16th Century hot cockles, enjoying some more fandango de pokum, the meaning of limerence, eloping like a thief, Gyles’s secret wedding, flirtatious talk that leads to nowhere, the ick factor, Aussie kisses, and Fanny Cradock’s contraceptive tips. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Philodox: a person in love with their own opinion.

Idiorepulsive: self-repelling. 

Quag: to wag something soft and flabby.  


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Sep 24, 2019
Quisquilious
00:25:15

The words of the world of work. Featuring waitrons, being menued, butchers’ back slang, the return of the getting fired game, the origin of freelancing, the first ever busman’s holiday, rodent operatives, Twirlies, Usain Bolt’s auntie, uptitling and even more nominative determinisms. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Finifugal: shunning the end of something.

Quisquilious: of the nature of refuse. 

Facienda: something that needs to be done.  


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Sep 17, 2019
Testiculate
00:29:00

The hidden meanings concealed beneath our clothes. Featuring robbing robes, the origin of escape, putting your vest on to make an investment, dressing to the nines, succinct belts, the champion clog dancer of the world, walking the catwalk, leaving a limaceous trail, buying the wrong hat in France, twerking with Miley and the Incredible Edible Candy Pants. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Latibulate: to hide in a corner.

Resipiscence: the return to a better state of mind. 

Osculable: able to be kissed.  


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Sep 10, 2019
Gyldenbollockes
00:24:21

Surnames: where do they come from and what do they mean? Featuring Charlie Swete-in-Bed, dying for your surname, Mr Crookbones, nominative determinism, Mr Killsin Pimple, striking butter, Adam Bilberrylyppe and the return of the Windf***er. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Darkle: to grow dark.

Fandangle: an extravagantly fanciful ornament. 

Estivate: the opposite of hibernating, to go into a state of torpor during the summer.  


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Sep 03, 2019
Corpsicle
00:25:27

Don't pass on, this week we’re facing up to the grim vocabulary of death. Featuring the origin of popping your clogs, meeting deadlines, the gory Middle Ages, the danse macabre, cryogenic freezing, ash cash, being masticated by a wolf, secret murder, the Freudian implications of arranging your bookshelves and 30 secs on the beach. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Chums: going back to chamber mate. Someone you shared your bedroom with.

Zany: comic performers who would accompany a clown or an acrobat and imitate their master’s act in a ludicrously awkward way. 

Brachiate: to swing from branch to branch using your arms.  


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Aug 27, 2019
Brabble
00:29:26

Mouse and Muscle. Négligé and Negligent. Rectum and Rectitude. This week we’re talking about words of a feather: unlikely linguistic double acts or siblings. Featuring arse-ropes, joining giblets, sardonic looks, Hinge and Bracket and more additions to The Word Jail. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Brabble: to argue noisily about things that don’t really matter. 

Atrabilious: to be sullen, bad tempered or a bit melancholy. 

Bibulous: to be fond of alcoholic beverages.  


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Aug 20, 2019
Zwoddery
00:35:05

We’re nodding off talking about the language of sleep. Featuring the hypnic jerk, yoga with Joe Lycett, the origin of 40 winks, hoodwinking, another Gyles Brandreth bedtime game, burning the candle at both ends, feeling fresh as a daisy, hay in your trousers, hotel cushions, the arms of Morpheus and suffocating monsters. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Hypnopompic: that twilight state between sleeping and waking. 

Zwoddery: feeling drowsy and almost stupified. 

Euneirophrenia: the lingering sensation that you get after waking from a pleasant dream.  


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Aug 13, 2019
Firkytoodle
00:29:39

All the world’s a stage but how much of our language originates from the theatre? Featuring the bug house, fluffers, merkins, pinging and ponging, the mystery of ‘Break A Leg’, the superstitions of Macbeth, the language of polari, salty fish in response to a sneeze and the very first instance of stealing someone’s thunder. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Pratfall: a comedy fall onto your buttocks. 

Somnificator: somebody who induces sleep in someone else. 

Exisibilate: to hiss a poor performer off the stage.  



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Aug 06, 2019
Pumpernickel
00:36:15

It’s breakfast time! The linguistic adventures of some of our favourite foods. Featuring avocado testicles, “costive for seven”, the origin of egging someone on, Swiss kissing, bum nuts, snot blocks, cigars as prizes, shrewd shrews, Roger Moore’s invention of the Magnum and a visit from Susie’s postman. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Pumpernickel: the German bread means a farting demon. 

Madeleine: the French cake was named in honour of Mary Magdalene. 

Scone: the definitive answer on how to pronounce it. 



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Jul 30, 2019
Dogsbody
00:32:22

Catty. Batty. Dog tired. Sick as a pig. Why are the animals we use in our language often negative? Should we be reporting the English language to the RSPCA? Featuring dogs on trial, the absent hyphen, Peter Pan in the doghouse, Ann Widdecombe, “Orgasmed for eight”, Peter Mandelson’s guacamole, a wild goose chase and the origins of raining cats and dogs.


A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Swansong: the term originates from the ancient belief that swans were born mute (not true) and they remain mute all their lives until the moment of their death when they sing a beautiful mournful song. 

Dogsbody: this originally meant peas boiled in cloth aboard a ship. Sailors joked that they were about to eat a dog’s body. 

Cold Turkey: the phrase originates from the belief that coming off something caused you to have goose bumps or turkey flesh. 


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Jul 23, 2019
Twazzy
00:26:42

The language of Love Island. We’re talking about interjections and filler words. Do they get on your nerves? Or do they serve a purpose? Featuring the school that banned the word ‘like’, the origin of lovely, a light dusting, the fanny flutters, bev, the science of umms, starting sentences with ‘So...’, Cleo Laine, the origin of the Green Room and Gyles’s Word Jail. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Sockdolager: the decisive winning point in an argument or debate. 

Recumbentibus: a knockout punch.

Twazziness: a centuries-old word for a state of feeling bad-tempered, peevish and snappy. 


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Jul 16, 2019
Tosspot
00:24:08

We’re off to the pub with an episode all about the language of drinking. Featuring the origin of Hair of the Dog, Snecklifters, Fuddlecaps Hall, The Green Man, Gin Alley, Old Grog and sud slingers. A Somethin’ Else production. 


Susie’s trio of words for the week are:


Shotclog: the pub companion who you only put up with because they’re buying the next round.

Tosspot: drinkers who tossed back their bottle of beer 

Lick-spigot: the friend who always turns up whenever they hear a cork popping. 


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Jul 09, 2019
Fartcatcher
00:31:32

Don’t turn off: it’s a political language special. Featuring the definition of a snollygoster, the Brexicon, bunkum, berserkers, the origins of toeing the line, filibusters, The Man In The White Suit, and why Boris Johnson is a throttlebottom. A Somethin’ Else production. 


Susie’s trio of words: 


Bags of mystery: an old term for sausages 

Trumperiness: something that is showy and flashy but ultimately utterly worthless

Clusterfuck: a deliberately mishandled situation or undertaking



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Jul 02, 2019
Oxtercog
00:28:12

A parliament of owls, a pride of lions, an odium of politicians. This week we’re talking about our favourite collective nouns. Featuring Gyles’s Naked Attraction, the origins of licking something into shape, a caravan of camels, cat chowder and the grammatical errors found on packets of crisps. A Somethin’ Else Production. 


Susie’s Trio of Words: 


Nepenthe: a drink, potion or drug thought to bring forgetfulness of all worries, altering your state of mind for the better.

Oxtercog: to carry someone by supporting them under the armpits  

Popjoy: to celebrate or have fun. 


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Jun 25, 2019
Jirble
00:32:12

We’re quids in. This week: the language of money. Featuring the stringy bits on bananas, deleveraging, an Ayrton, a Commodore, signing a cheque for £136 billion with the Queen and the story of Gyles (nearly) going into business with Richard Branson. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio of words for the week are:


Marigold: a million pounds.

Coverslut: an item of clothing worn over another in order to cover a stain.

Jirble: to spill a liquid through unsteady hands. 

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Jun 18, 2019
Fobly-Mobly
00:27:56

We’re talking local dialect this week. Gyles takes the New York Times British-Irish Dialect Quiz. Featuring hirpling, the language of doggo, the accents of ducks, Mardy Bums and craic. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio of words for the week are:


Flinterkin: from Orkney meaning a dry cow pat.

Glimmer-gowk: an owl in Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire.  

Fobly-Mobly: 18th Century term meaning neither well nor unwell. A bit meh.

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Jun 11, 2019
Battology
00:30:00

What do nicotine, the hoover and the silhouette have in common? They’re all eponyms. These are words named after a person. This week we’re celebrating the anonymous people who live on through language. Featuring Jules Léotard, Mr Mars, Amelia Bloomer, Franz Mesmer and Samuel Maverick. A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio of words for the week is:


Bumbershoot: a Victorian word for an umbrella.

Chatoyant: of iridescent shimmering lustre, like a cat’s eye in the dark.

Battology: needless and tiresome repetition in speaking and writing.

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Jun 04, 2019
Eggcorns
00:26:35

This week we’re giving up the goat with slip ups. What happens when they eventually enter the language? Eggcorns are logical mishearings or misinterpretations. Featuring a parting of the waves, going at it like hammer and thongs, the whole crotch of the matter and chucking it up to experience . A Somethin’ Else production.


Susie’s trio of words are:


Petrichor: the beautiful smell that occurs when rain falls on dry soil.

Zarf: the holder for a coffee cup without a handle (could be the cardboard sleeve).

Spuddle: to work feebly and ineffectively because you’re either daydreaming or haven’t woken up properly.

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May 28, 2019
Tartle
00:28:38

Mind the gap. This week we’re looking for words for the things, feelings and experiences we don’t yet have names for. Featuring grief bacon, coughing and breaking wind at the same time, the nervousness you feel when you can’t remember someone’s name and Jimmy Carr’s backpfeifengesicht. A Somethin’ Else Production


Susie’s trio of new words are:


Confelicity: finding pleasure in someone else’s happiness (the opposite of schadenfreude)

Pana po'o: Hawaiian word meaning to scratch your head while trying to remember something

Groaking: to look enviously at someone else’s food in the hope they might share it with you.


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May 21, 2019
Matutolypea
00:31:35

This week we're playing word games. Featuring the origin of faffing, arse-ropes, bum fodder, Salvador Dali meeting Frankie Howerd, Susie's middle of the night blues and Gyles's star turn as Hamlet. A Somethin' Else Production.


Susie's trio of words for the week are:


Gigglemug: someone who is permanently cheerful.

Coulrophobia: a fear of clowns.

Maverick: named after Samuel Augustus Maverick, who left his herd of cattle un-branded.

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May 14, 2019
Ugsome
00:35:02

The art of the euphemism. In other words: "the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague term for one considered to be harsh, offensive, embarrassing or distressing." Quentin Crisp said euphemisms "are like secret agents on a delicate mission. They must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much a nod of the head." Featuring the gruesome story of Sweet Fanny Adams, the Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse and what 'Opportunity To Tidy' means to the Queen. A Somethin' Else Production.


The Dent Trio of words this week is:


Ugsome: a Viking word meaning to fear or dread something.

Apricity: the warmth of the sun on a winter's day.

Forswunk: exhausted from too much work.

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May 07, 2019
Crambazzled
00:27:06

Jargon is specialised terminology that both unites and excludes. Gyles is irritated by it. Susie loves it. Featuring cockney rhyming slang, opening the kimono, confessionals and incontinence pads. A Somethin’ Else Production.


Susie's trio of words this week are:


Crambazzled: looking prematurely aged or rough from drinking.

Humdudgeon: an imaginary illness that may prevent you from getting out of bed or through the office door.

Panic: dating back to the deity Pan who hid in the woods and made mysterious noises to frighten travellers as they passed by.

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Apr 30, 2019
Gargalesis
00:30:36

How to master S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G. Why is it so difficult in the English language? Featuring the history of the bidet, the two types of tickling and a handy trick to prevent you from misspelling the word ‘Definitely’. A Somethin’ Else Production.


Susie's trio of new words for the week are:


Hirple: to limp and to walk with difficulty.

Sarcophagus: a limestone tomb that would gradually decompose the body buried within it.

Pandiculating: stretching and yawning at the same time.

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Apr 23, 2019
Lalochezia
00:29:09

Mind your language. This week Gyles and Susie are turning the air blue with a special episode all about swearing. Including the origins of S***, the versatility of F***, Fornication Under Consent of the King, Pope Joan and the scientific evidence (involving Brian Blessed) that swearing relieves stress. A Somethin' Else production.


Susie's trio of swearing-themed words this week are:


Lalochezia: the relief of tension in your body through swearing.

Tmesis: cutting one word up and putting another in the middle. e.g. 'abso-f***ing-lutely'

Crumpsy and Carnaptious : grumpy and irritable.

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Apr 16, 2019
Scurryfunge
00:32:32

We look at American English. Featuring the story of Gyles's Great Great Great Grandfather, Noah Webster's gift of making spelling easier and Trump's covfefe kerfuffle. A Somethin’ Else Production.


Susie's trio of USA-themed words for the week are:


Scurryfunge: to rush around tidying before a visitor arrives.

Skidaddle: to depart quickly or hurriedly.

Boondoggle: an entirely futile or unnecessary undertaking.

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Apr 09, 2019
Bang-a-bonk
00:32:13

We explore the surprising origins of the English language. Featuring Gérard Depardieu's nose, bloody drunks and the British Potato Council. A Somethin’ Else Production.


Susie's trio of new words worth knowing are:


Bang-a-bonk: old dialect for sitting lazily on a river bank.

Bloviator: a braggot or a boaster.

Boffola: an uproariously funny joke.

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Apr 02, 2019
Something Rhymes With Purple
00:01:19

Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth are here to increase your word power with a brand new podcast. Listen here to find out all about it.

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Mar 19, 2019