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Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth invite you to enhance your vocabulary, uncover the hidden origins of language and share their love of words. A Somethin' Else production. To get your beautiful SRWP mug go to https://purple.backstreetmerch.com/

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Euphuism

Euphuism

2020-06-0234:39

Join us in our linguistic dystopia as we proles explore the language of George Orwell. We’ll be discussing newspeak and oldspeak, and attempting to double-think all under the watchful eye of Big Brother… hoping that we won’t get thrown into Room 101… somewhere Gyles has been before actually.  Elsewhere we’ll be dissecting Orwell’s six rules of writing, Gyles encourages Susie to write a novel, and we discover more about Orwell’s nom du plume, his moniker, his nickname if you will… As always, a trio of words from Susie to add to your collection, and Gyles struggles to talk with a mouth full of sausages… Susie’s Trio: Angel Visit - a catch up with a friend that’s all too rare Pseudologist - a liar Sunwake - the reflection of the sun on the surface of the sea A Somethin' Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Guttersnipes

Guttersnipes

2020-05-2633:012

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.
Filer à l'anglaise

Filer à l'anglaise

2020-05-1940:102

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.com A Somethin' Else production. Susie's trio: Ochlophobia - extreme or irrational fear of crowds Dentiloquy - talking through clenched teeth Tittle - the dot above the letter i or j  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Yakamoz

Yakamoz

2020-05-1237:321

This week it's all about spreading some joy as we go through words that bring us pleasure. We touch on some old favourites, words that describe joyous things, like halcyon, spindrift and sussuration, as well as words that satisfy in a different way like unprosperousness, or words that are just fun to say, like sausage. Alongside individual words Susie explains why she finds German to be a joyous language and Gyles describes a recent case of anticipointment as well as waxing lyrical about the humble Rolo chocolate. As always, we get through lots of your brilliant emails and questions, Susie has her trio of words and Gyles treats us to a poem about weight-loss written by one Gyles Brandreth. Susie's Trio: Pilgarlic - a bald-headed man Pinguescence - the process of becoming fat Illywhacker - a small-time confidence trickster A Somethin' Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Doe

John Doe

2020-05-0537:524

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.com Susie's Trio: Clinophobia - a fear of lying down Paralipsis - giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing at all ("I'm not even going to mention...") Skimble-Skamble - rambling and confused  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Alcatraz

Alcatraz

2020-04-2833:323

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.
By and large

By and large

2020-04-2139:364

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 objects Spindrift - the salty spray blown from the crests of a wave Quiddling - to focus on the small tasks in order to delay doing the bigger tasks  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When in Rome...

When in Rome...

2020-04-1534:394

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 wave Widdendream - a state of confusion or disturbance Twitterlight - an old word for twilight  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Easter update

Easter update

2020-04-1202:32

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.com A Somethin' Else production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Cerulean

Cerulean

2020-04-0743:294

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.com A Somethin’ Else production. Susie’s Trio: Shoulder-clapper - someone who is unnecessarily friendly an overfamiliar Blunkerkin - a general incompetent Respair - a return to hope or a recovery  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Umpteen

Umpteen

2020-03-3138:241

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 production If you have a question for Susie and Gyles please email us purple@somethinelse.com. Susie’s Trio: Gowpen - two handfuls of something Pronk - 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.
Best of SRWP

Best of SRWP

2020-03-2436:285

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.com A 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.
Boycott

Boycott

2020-03-1736:472

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 staircase Riparian - relating to or situated on the banks of a river Imbroglio - a confused or complicated situation  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ceiliog

Ceiliog

2020-03-1036:363

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.com Susie’s Trio: Nikehedonia - the pleasure of the anticipation of success Xertz - the act of gulping something down quickly Jentacular - relating to breakfast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Grockle

Grockle

2020-03-0333:212

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 - slovenly Causey-webs - a person who neglects his/her work to hang out on the street Whindling - putting on a voice to convince your boss you are ill  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Namby-Pamby

Namby-Pamby

2020-02-2529:093

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 overfamiliar Ratiocinator: someone who reasons logically Dutch Feast: a party at which the host gets drunk before the guests A Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Smuggins

Smuggins

2020-02-1836:505

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 underwear Scuddling - to run with affected haste Razzle - to cook something until the outside of it burns, while the inside remains raw A Somethin’ Else production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 pulpit Gloppenment - a feeling of surprise or astonishment Tatterwallop - an untidy or slovenly person If you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bizzies and Kirtles

Bizzies and Kirtles

2020-02-0434:05

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 grumbling Cuddle-me-buff - beer Haplology - the omission of one occurrence of a sound or syllable which is repeated within a word If you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Macushla

Macushla

2020-01-2839:163

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 production Susie's Trio: Slubberdegullian - a slob Rambunctious - boisterous Acnestis - the part of your back you can't reach to scratch If you have a question for Gyles and Susie please email purple@somethinelse.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (28)

Wes Stone

Great podcast but they need to be careful not to repeat conversations...

Apr 28th
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Gary Openshaw

I do love This podcast but to be honest they have repeated a number of words already episode to episode so I don't think I'm up for a recap maybe in a year as well but not yet

Mar 26th
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Linus Moses

I typically hate recaps but I found this very enjoyable.

Mar 25th
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Steven Mather

Regarding being 'nicked', on a history tour of Edinburgh was told this referred back to the old punishment for theft which was publically having your ear nailed to a post. The offender would have to pull themselves free, leaving an identifiable 'nick' in the ear and marking them out as a certified rotter.

Feb 17th
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Bob Mallinson

Great pod cast

Jan 13th
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Gareth Jones

absolutely excellent, what a double act, highly recommend

Dec 7th
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Peter Shep Sheppard

I tell everyone about the word Tmesis, first time I heard that was Stephen Fry in Q.I. Love the podcast btw.

Oct 30th
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James O'Dwyer

Susie, Gyles Love the informality of the podcasts, My aunt who died in 1989 aged 76 in Tipperary had the word "trommers" for little piles of belongings left abandoned around the house,,,,,,, The word has stayed in our family and the phrase "Tidy up your trommers" is still heard. The Aunt was a stickler for neatness. I wonder have you ever come across this word. Isn't it an interesting way to be remembered? Jimmy O'Dwyer

Oct 14th
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Linus Moses

Wonderful episode

Sep 4th
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Gary Openshaw

boracic lint is a type of wound dressing it is pronounced the same even though it is spelt differently

Aug 30th
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Gary Openshaw

I love This podcast does anybody know how to give It 5 Stars on this not very good app

Aug 30th
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Gary Openshaw

by the way I love This podcast I think it is fantastic I'm really sorry that my first comment was something negative but it just freaked me out when she whispered something in response they didn't seem to make any sense

Aug 30th
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Gary Openshaw

there is a very strange edit in This podcast after Giles asks Susie to make a country from Englander

Aug 30th
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kd82

I love this podcast! I'm only a few episodes in. Exactly what I always wanted to learn about but never found the right medium for it. After just listening to the episode about the word milver, this show should 100% been called 'something rhymes with silver' 😁

Aug 27th
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Rich Berry

Rocket surgery is almost always used in an ironic way. Or at least for humorous effect. Love this podcast.

Aug 12th
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Steve Garman

I always enjoy the slightly chaotic nature of this podcast. The Pumpernickel episode is an excellent example. Not even too strong a desire to throttle Gyles this time. Did I miss the trio of words?

Jul 30th
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Ellis Hilt

I love listening to you two! I'm a primary school teacher and my class love hearing the new words each week! They sometimes try to use them in their writing! Thank you for adding a little joy each week. Looking forward to next week and telling the children what new words they can add to their vocabulary! P.S. We loved hirple and jirble!

Jul 16th
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Shay Dolev

This is a great, interesting podcast! Ilove it.

Jul 10th
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Kim Geldard Vanderkiste

Love this! It’s just great:)

Jun 6th
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Yossi Barak

Big fan of Susie. Any chance of having a list of the words mentioned here, listed? I find I've forgotten them the minute the podcast has ended. Thank you.

May 22nd
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