Something Rhymes with Purple

Something Rhymes with Purple

By Somethin' Else

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 get your beautiful SRWP mug go to https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

Episodes

The Milky Way

3..2..1..Get ready to launch into an episode that is out of this world as Susie and Gyles explore the language of outer space. Via the fast-flighted messenger Mercury to the saturnine tendencies of an overthrown Roman God, we explore how the planets came to be named and the legacy they have left within our everyday vocabularies. There’s just about time to stop off for a chocolate bar or two while Susie takes the opportunity to drop a celebrity name and Gyles discusses their compatibility… based entirely on their star signs…Susie’s Trio: Empleomania - Manic compulsion to hold public office at any costGlump - To look solemn or glumNibbling - Nephew/niece    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/2036m 13s

Mildred

Doctor, Doctor, I’ve forgotten to listen to my favourite podcast! This week we delve into to the world of non-medical doctors… from Dr Johnson through to Dr Dolittle by way of Dr Frankenstein, we explore the fascinating world behind all those who have had that title bestowed upon them… for better or for worse! Along the way Gyles recounts meeting ALL those who have played Doctor Who and Susie reveals the murky world behind medical slang.As always Susie has three new words to introduce to your vocabulary, Gyles drops a name or two, and much laughter is to be had amongst the learning.A Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2030m 2s

Humpty Dumpty

What do Humpty Dumpty, Contrary Mary, and Baa Baa Black Sheep all have in common? Well, you might think twice about reading them as bedtime stories, I’m afraid. This week, Gyles and Susie are delving into those centuries old Nursery Rhymes to uncover their - often sinister - meanings and possible origins. Expect ‘silver bells and cockleshells’ to sound less like gardening utensils and more like instruments of torture, and be prepared to have that image as Humpty Dumpty as an egg dispelled forever. If you would like to get in touch to share your favourite Nursery Rhymes with Susie and Gyles or debate any of the many origin stories linked with the Nursery Rhymes discussed today, please do get in touch at… purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s Trio: Dispester - to get rid of a nuisanceFornale - to spend money before you have itAvidulous - somewhat greedy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2036m 50s

Literally...

This week we officially became the Best Entertainment Podcast of the year at the British Podcast Awards. Thank you so much to all the Purple People who listen… you make this show what it is and we couldn’t do it without you.But to provide some balance to all this happiness, this week we’re talking about those linguistic tics that really get on our wick. I mean, you know, you could care less, but we’ll give it 100%, so…As well as swapping their language bugbears, Susie offers us three words for the week, Gyles’ grandson has slipped us a couple of jokes, and we find out about Yul Brynner’s aversion to aftershave…A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:Salvo: an intentionally bad excuseSequacious: prone to slavishly following the opinions of othersToe-cover: a present that is both useless and cheap.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2037m 26s

Horripilation

From elite sports to class systems, it’s a hairy episode this week as Glyes and Susie delve into the history of hair which prompts Gyles to spill all on his past life’s involvement with the Porn industry. Via the astronomical, tribal and in some cases very bloody history of hair, you’re in for some fascinating tales or should that be "(pig)tails"... We’ll also be hearing Susie’s trio of words for the week and Gyles sends us off with a powerful poem. If you would like to ask Gyles & Susie a question, get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com.A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:- Bobbins: rubbish or nonsense- Indread: secret inner dread- Inadvertist: someone who consistently fails to notice what is going on around them  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/2032m 12s

All That Jazz

"Music makes (Purple) people, come together." That’s not the only Madonna lyric that gets mistreated in this lyrical romp through the fascinating world of musical genres and phrases. We’ll be hip-hopping our way from the house (and garage) all the way to the discotheque to soak up the funk, with just enough time for Susie to channel her inner Wonder Mike and for Gyles to let his hips do the talking…We’ll also be going through the fabulous ‘mondegreens’ you’ve been mishearing, Susie has a brilliant trio, and we learn why you should never, ever let Gyles hold on to something valuable for you…Purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:Well-woulder - someone who wishes you success, so long as it’s not more success than they haveQuobbled - to have wrinkly fingersOxyphonia - excessive shrillness of voice  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2031m 9s

Plings & Bangs!

Join Susie and Gyles as they venture back to pre-biblical times to uncover the history of punctuation marks. This week we’ll be diving into the drama of the comma whilst teasing out the moments when the semi-colon provides the perfect pause. We also unearth a confession from both Gyles and Susie about their - as of yet, unsuccessful - attempts to read James Joyce's Ulysses (hint: there's a sentence that contains 4391 words). We also get through lots of your brilliant emails and we want you to get in touch with any questions you may have, or any differing views on punctuation… purple@somethinelse.com.A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:Insordescent - growing in filthinessMisdelight - pleasure in something wrong Leese - to be a loser  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2042m 17s

Lethologica

Aghast that Gyles still thinks ‘YOLO’ is a new word, Susie talks us through the process of creating new words and, more importantly, how to get them into the dictionary. Via oldies like ‘groupies’, ‘burtons’ and ‘velcro’ Susie discusses which words stick and passes judgment on whether new words like ‘Covidiot’ are here for the long haul. She reminds us that you can’t campaign for a word to be added to the dictionary (as the Potato Council found to their disappointment)… but that won’t stop Gyles and his passion for the word ’snart’.We also go through your fascinating and mysterious nicknames for woodlice, Susie has her trio of wonderful words, and Gyles sends us off into the day with a lovely bit of Larkin.A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:Forplaint - exhausted from weepingInterdespise - to hate someone as much as they hate youLectory - a place to read  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2040m 10s

Brand new merch!

Purple People! We are very excited to announce that we have some brand new Something Rhymes With Purple merchandise out now for you… especially if you’re in need of somewhere to store your Bellytimber… it’s a wonderful canvas shopping bag! The perfect accompaniment for a trip to the shops (when they reopen) or the ideal gift for that Purple Person in your life.The bags are available to purchase now from purple.backstreetmerch.com so get yours today!A Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/201m 47s

Edelweiss

Come into the garden Purple People as we take a look at the interesting histories behind the names of the plants blooming in the beds. Find out why basil is royal, why you use more rock celery that you might think, and which common herb is the ‘dew of the sea’. Also in this week’s bouquet are dragons, Spartan lovers and gladiators, plus we find out why the pansy is the thinking person’s flower. We also get through lots of your brilliant emails and we want you to get in touch with your own names for Billy Bakers or Chuggy Pigs… purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin' Else production.Susie’s trio:Upbigged - built upHookem-snivy - fakery or deceitPercunctorily - lazily  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2035m 47s

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 rarePseudologist - a liarSunwake - the reflection of the sun on the surface of the seaA Somethin' Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2033m 45s

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...If you want to get in touch, please do, we're at purple@somethinelse.com.A Somethin' Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/2032m 7s

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.If you want to get in touch, please do, we're at purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin' Else production.Susie's trio:Ochlophobia - extreme or irrational fear of crowdsDentiloquy - talking through clenched teethTittle - the dot above the letter i or j  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2037m 32s

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 manPinguescence - the process of becoming fatIllywhacker - a small-time confidence tricksterA Somethin' Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2034m 51s

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.A Somethin' Else production. If you would like to get in touch with us then please email: purple@somethinelse.comSusie's Trio:Clinophobia - a fear of lying downParalipsis - giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing at all ("I'm not even going to mention...")Skimble-Skamble - rambling and confused  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2036m 45s

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....A Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2032m 12s

By and large

This week we’re all at sea… in a good way! We’re plumbing the depths of the ocean, nailing our colours to the mast and, by and large, dipping our toe into the etymological waters of nautical terminology. Who was Davey Jones? We all know she sold sea shells on the sea shore… but who was she? What do pot-washers have to do with Captain Nemo? All will be revealed if you’re willing to take a dip…Away from the water, Gyles tells us of his virtual tea party with Twiggy, Susie has three words to slip into casual conversation, and there’s a very topical 20-second poem to wash your hands to.A Somethin’ Else production.If you want to get in touch please do: purple@somethinelse.com.Susie’s Trio:Resistentialism - seemingly spiteful behaviour manifested by inanimate objectsSpindrift - the salty spray blown from the crests of a waveQuiddling - to focus on the small tasks in order to delay doing the bigger tasks  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2038m 31s

When in Rome...

Sadly we’re not in Rome… Gyles is in London and Susie is in Oxford but we're still going on an etymological journey through the origins and quirks of some of our best-know proverbs. Will an apple a day really keep the doctor away? How can it be possible to have your cake and eat it too? Why was Lord Nelson the first person to turn a blind eye? And, just to butter you up, all the regular features are there too: we’ll be responding to you emails, Susie’s got a trio for you, and Gyles has a poetic pearl of wisdom to provide a boost to morale.If you want to get in touch it’s purple@somethinelse.com.A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s Trio:Waff - (multiple meanings) a slight blow; a tiny touch of illness; a glimpse; a waft of perfume; a regal waveWiddendream - a state of confusion or disturbanceTwitterlight - an old word for twilight  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2033m 33s

Easter update

Happy Easter Weekend Purple People!Due to the UK Bank Holidays, this coming week's Something Rhymes With Purple will be released on Wednesday 15th April, and Susie & Gyles will be dissecting and discussing some very famous proverbs. To tide you over until then, here are a couple of rather timely word origins for you.We hope you are well and staying safe.Please do keep in touch with us via purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin' Else production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/202m 32s

Cerulean

Hello Purple People! We hope you’re not feeling too blue, or marooned right now, but fear not Gyles and Susie are here to take you down another etymological rabbit hole to get you back into the pink. This week it’s all about colours! Why are the blues blue, envious eyes green, and a coward’s belly yellow? We’ll be donning our rose-tinted spectacles, avoiding white elephants and searching for the silver linings in all of this. Also, we’ll find out why a black sheep is a good thing in Italy…As always, Gyles has a poem for us to wash our hands to as well as a quotation to take into the week, and Susie will be dropping three more interesting words into our day-to-day vocabulary.Keep your questions and comments coming in: purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s Trio:Shoulder-clapper - someone who is unnecessarily friendly an overfamiliarBlunkerkin - a general incompetentRespair - a return to hope or a recovery  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2042m 32s

Umpteen

Hold the phone! Stop what you’re doing and dial in to a new Purple Podcast coming to you down the line. For obvious reasons Susie and Gyles can’t record together this week, but fear not, through the magic of technology they’re still able to chat and offer you their usual mix of interesting etymology and amusing anecdotes. As they’re on the blower, they’ll be delving into the world of the telephone and it’s successors/contenders. Why do we give someone a bell? How should you answer the phone? All will be revealed.Also, Gyles and Susie debate the origin of the phrase ‘cheerio’, they test their knowledge of the NATO alphabet and Susie reveals the connection between Morse code and ‘umpteen’.As well as his inspirational quotation, Gyles has another excellent 20s hand-washing poem for you to try, and Susie will be wowing us once again with her weekly trio.A Somethin’ Else productionIf you have a question for Susie and Gyles please email us purple@somethinelse.com.Susie’s Trio:Gowpen - two handfuls of somethingPronk - a weak or slightly foolish person. (Also, a verb meaning ‘to leap in the air like a springbok)Tractatrix - someone who shampoos your hair  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2037m 17s

Best of SRWP

Join us this week as we look back over our first fifty episodes of Something Rhymes With Purple. This wouldn’t have been possible without you so thank you for listening and for keeping us on our toes with your questions and suggestions… please keep them coming!If you haven’t listened to all fifty episodes then now is the time to catch up and here are some clips to entice you and point you in the right direction.In this episode Susie and Gyles reveal which came first: orange the colour or orange the fruit; they uncover the initial trailblazers; they disclose the rather nasty origins of ‘hangdog expression’; and they raise a glass to the original tosspots… who weren’t as rude as you may think. Plus, Gyles has some handy 20-second poems for you to learn to aid hand washing and a quotation to inspire you throughout the week.If you have a question for Susie and Gyles then please get in touch: purple@somethinelse.comA Somethin’ Else production.Gyles' poems:Verse 1 of "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear: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!""Invictus" by William Ernest Henley:Out of the night that covers me,      Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be      For my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstance      I have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chance      My head is bloody, but unbowed.I am the master of my fate,      I am the captain of my soul.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/2034m 20s

Boycott

Top o’ the morning to you and happy St Patrick’s Day! This week we’re filling up our whiskey glasses and surrounding ourselves with words of Irish origin. Donning our finest trousers and brogues they’ll be Irish phrases galore as we boycott the banshees and really dig the vocabulary of the Emerald Isle.As always, Susie will furnish us with her fantastic trio of interesting or underused words and Gyles offers advice on how to stay young…A Somethin’ Else production.If you have a question for Gyles and Susie then please email us on purple@somethinelse.com.Susie’s Trio:Half-pace - a small landing between two half flights in a staircaseRiparian - relating to or situated on the banks of a riverImbroglio - a confused or complicated situation  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2032m 29s

Ceiliog

Have you ever given a second thought to where the brands we use every day got their names from? Well we have! And we’re here to share our findings with you. Staying very much ‘on brand’ we’ll be revealing the history behind PG Tips, the fantasy of Fanta, and how a sibling rivalry in Germany spawned two of the globe’s biggest sports brands. We’ll ‘play well’ with our Lego, unpack our IKEA, and find out how a Welsh harpist (may have) had a hand in one of our most recognisable breakfast brands.As always, Susie will be arming us with a trio of words to pepper into conversation this week and Gyles will be inspiring us all with how to avoid being miserable.A Somethin’ Else production.If you want to get in touch with Brand Purple please do: purple@somethinelse.comSusie’s Trio:Nikehedonia - the pleasure of the anticipation of successXertz - the act of gulping something down quicklyJentacular - relating to breakfast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/2032m 53s

Grockle

It’s time to delve into the inbox once again and dedicate a whole episode to answering your queries that come in each week. A massive thank you to all you Purple People for keeping us on our toes… if there’s something word-related that has been puzzling you then please do the same as Sammy, Dave, Cat, Rebecca and many more by emailing us at purple@somethinelse.com.They asked: where does the term ‘grockle’ come from? Why would someone be the ‘spitting image’ of another? All will be revealed as we hole up in ‘a/an hotel’ whilst telling ‘Jack Robinson’ to ‘sling his hook’…A Somethin’ Else Production.Susie’s Trio:Shackbaggerly - slovenlyCausey-webs - a person who neglects his/her work to hang out on the streetWhindling - putting on a voice to convince your boss you are ill  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/2029m 43s

Namby-Pamby

What-ho Purple People! This week we’re ‘up to the eyebrows’ and having a good old ‘chortle’ at some of the words introduced to the English language by authors. Prepare to be ‘bedazzled’ by this ‘unputdownable’ episode where we’ll be looking into the inventions of PG Wodehouse, Lewis Carroll, Joseph Heller and many more, as well as hopefully avoiding falling into a ‘honeytrap’ or getting stuck in a ‘Catch-22’. Oh and we’ll reveal the origin of the word ‘podcast’ too.As always we’ll be answering the always fantastic emails you’ve been sending into us, Susie will expand our vocabulary with her weekly trio of words, and Gyles will leave us feeling inspired with his quotation of the week. Pip Pip!Susie’s trio:Shoulder-clapper: someone who is unnecessarily friendly and overfamiliarRatiocinator: someone who reasons logicallyDutch Feast: a party at which the host gets drunk before the guestsA Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/2026m 5s

Smuggins

This week we’re taking a little downtime and exploring the language behind some well-known hobbies and pastimes. Do you know your ‘aggie' from your ‘slag'? Your ‘taw' from your ‘duck'? Don’t worry, we haven’t lost our marbles but rather we’ll be playing with them. Plus we’ll be getting our binoculars out, having a little twitch, and attempting to finally 'grill' that ‘blocker'. And, if that wasn’t exhausting enough, we’re hitting the green to find out the meanings of ‘flub', ‘whiff', and ‘shank' on the golf course, hopefully avoiding an 'Arthur Scargill' and a 'fried egg' along the way… It’s tiring work taking it easy!As always Susie will be wowing us with her useful trio of words for the week, and we discover Gyles’ impressive history in the world of board games… and why his family might be responsible for the wild parakeets in West London…Susie’s trio:Shivviness - the feeling of discomfort when wearing new underwearScuddling - to run with affected hasteRazzle - to cook something until the outside of it burns, while the inside remains rawA Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/2033m 39s

The Blind Leading The Blind

Rise and shine, Purple People! This week we're getting rather spiritual and delving into the majesty of the King James Bible, a book which, despite being written over 400-years ago still runs deep through our modern-day language and phraseology. So, at the risk of the "blind leading the blind", “rise and shine” and join us as we “go the extra mile”, hopefully arriving in the “land of nod” before we’re all “at our wit’s end”.We also go through some of your fantastic emails, Susie provides us with three useful words to take into your week and, as well as providing his weekly quote, Gyles reminisces about the times he’s spent in churches over the years. A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s Trio:Cackletub - slang term for a church pulpitGloppenment - a feeling of surprise or astonishmentTatterwallop - an untidy or slovenly personIf you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/2022m 2s

Bizzies and Kirtles

You’re nicked! This week we’re playing Cops and Robbers and chasing down the origins of words and phrases on both sides of the law. Find out who gave us the terms Bobbies and Peelers, why you should respect an Onion, and what to do if you come across a Black Rat. On the other side of the cell door, on account of our kirtling, we’ll be rolling up the Veras, pouring ourselves a weak diesel and watching the custard, away from the watchful eye of the kangas…As always Susie will be giving us her handy trio of words and Gyles will be lifting our spirits with his quote for the week… as well as detailing the downsides of his new electric car.A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s Trio:Grumbletonian - a person who is often discontented and taken to grumblingCuddle-me-buff - beerHaplology - the omission of one occurrence of a sound or syllable which is repeated within a wordIf you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/2028m 18s

Macushla

Wotcha! Hi! Hello! How are you? Good to meet you! And how do you do my lovely bag puddings and flittermice? Welcome to this weeks' purple podcast...For the second of our live shows in front of a wonderful audience of Purple People we're talking about greetings, terms of endearment and, in the second half, affectionate terms for your meat-and-two-veg or your cupid's warehouse... (warning: explicit content!).Plus we take lots of questions from the lovely listeners in the room. A Somethin' Else productionSusie's Trio:Slubberdegullian - a slobRambunctious - boisterousAcnestis - the part of your back you can't reach to scratchIf you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/2035m 6s

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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… get your very own Something Rhymes With Purple mug here: https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/A Somethin’ Else productionSusie’s Trio:Nudnik - a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a borePropinquity - the state of being close to someone or somethingObabmbulate - to walk about or wanderIf you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/2034m 48s

We Have Our Own Merch!

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!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/2042s

Dexter

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.A Somethin’ Else productionSusie’s trio:Ultracrepidarian - somebody who gives opinions on matters way above their knowledgeQuidnunc - an inquisitive and gossipy personKiddlywink - an old Cornish word for a pub or ale houseIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, mail purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/2031m 17s

Something Rhymes With Purple LIVE

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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/01/2036s

Leather-arse

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… A Somethin’ Else productionSusie’s Trio:Beeking - to bask in the sun or the warmth of the fireNurdle - the perfect swoosh of toothpaste on a toothpaste advertDasypygal - having hairy buttocksIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/2025m 12s

Le Pétomane

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. A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:Gymnologise - to have an argument in the nudeEye-servant - someone who only works when the boss is lookingPhrontistery - a place for contemplationIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/1936m 27s

Tawdry

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 drinkAngel Visit - a catch up with a friend that happens all too rarelyTwankle - to twang with the fingers on a musical instrumentIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/1928m 14s

Nipcheese

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 alonePUNT - the dint in the bottom of a wine bottleSUNWAKE - the reflection of a sunrise on the surface of the seaIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/1926m 29s

Pissabed

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 drunkJamais vu - “never seen” (the opposite of deja vu); the feeling of never having encountered something despite being familiar with itLickpenny - something that uses up large amounts of moneyIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1929m 36s

Hysteria

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 heedlesslyPingle - to pick at your foodApple-catchers - a big pair of knickersIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/1924m 43s

Grog-blossom

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 queasyTRAMPOOSE - walk reluctantly or to trudgeBEGGARS’ VELVET - particles of dust floating in the sunlightIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1928m 34s

Nemophilism

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 meadoesSlidder - a hollow running down a hillStriddle - to walk uncomfortably (to hirple, if you will…)If you'd like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1929m 49s

Cacafuego

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/1925m 26s

Gobelinus

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/1926m 42s

Haddaway

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/1926m 18s

Cachinnator

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/1920m 5s

Podiacide

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/1929m 52s

Thunderplump

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 WordsNefandous: too odious to be spoken of. Monodynamic: having one talent only. Potpanion: a friend to go to the pub with. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/1923m 37s

Sphallolalia

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/1925m 12s

Quisquilious

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/1925m 15s

Testiculate

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/1929m 0s

Gyldenbollockes

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/1924m 21s

Corpsicle

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/1925m 27s

Brabble

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/08/1929m 26s

Zwoddery

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/08/1935m 5s

Firkytoodle

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.  If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/1929m 39s

Pumpernickel

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/1936m 15s

Dogsbody

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/1932m 22s

Twazzy

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/1926m 42s

Tosspot

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/1924m 8s

Fartcatcher

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 worthlessClusterfuck: a deliberately mishandled situation or undertakingIf you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/1931m 32s

Oxtercog

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. If you’d like to get in touch with a question for Susie and Gyles for a future episode, email purple@somethinelse.com   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/1928m 12s

Jirble

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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/06/1932m 12s

Fobly-Mobly

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/1927m 56s

Battology

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/1930m 0s

Eggcorns

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/1926m 35s

Tartle

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 somethingGroaking: to look enviously at someone else’s food in the hope they might share it with you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/1928m 38s

Matutolypea

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/1931m 35s

Ugsome

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/1935m 2s

Crambazzled

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/1927m 6s

Gargalesis

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/1930m 36s

Lalochezia

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/1929m 9s

Scurryfunge

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/1932m 32s

Bang-a-bonk

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/1932m 13s

Something Rhymes With Purple

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/191m 19s
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