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Somethin' Else

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.

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.
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United Kingdom

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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.

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English


Episodes

Quisquilious

9/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:26:03

Testiculate

9/10/2019
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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...

Duration:00:30:34

Gyldenbollockes

9/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:25:11

Corpsicle

8/27/2019
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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...

Duration:00:25:27

Brabble

8/20/2019
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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...

Duration:00:29:26

Zwoddery

8/13/2019
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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...

Duration:00:36:02

Firkytoodle

8/6/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:29:39

Pumpernickel

7/30/2019
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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...

Duration:00:36:46

Dogsbody

7/23/2019
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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...

Duration:00:32:39

Twazzy

7/16/2019
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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...

Duration:00:26:42

Tosspot

7/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:24:08

Fartcatcher

7/2/2019
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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 If...

Duration:00:31:32

Oxtercog

6/25/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:12

Jirble

6/18/2019
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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. For information...

Duration:00:32:12

Fobly-Mobly

6/11/2019
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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:00:28:27

Battology

6/4/2019
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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:...

Duration:00:30:00

Eggcorns

5/28/2019
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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...

Duration:00:26:56

Tartle

5/21/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:38

Matutolypea

5/14/2019
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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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:00:31:35

Ugsome

5/7/2019
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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...

Duration:00:35:02