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Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth invite you to enhance your vocabulary, uncover the hidden origins of language and share their love of words in this award-winning podcast. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com Want more Purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or by heading to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms for ad-free listening, and not 1 but 2 episodes of the show every week. You can buy our branded mugs, tote bags and T-shirts here: https://bit.ly/37huhqs A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth invite you to enhance your vocabulary, uncover the hidden origins of language and share their love of words in this award-winning podcast. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com Want more Purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or by heading to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms for ad-free listening, and not 1 but 2 episodes of the show every week. You can buy our branded mugs, tote bags and T-shirts here: https://bit.ly/37huhqs A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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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 in this award-winning podcast. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com Want more Purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or by heading to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms for ad-free listening, and not 1 but 2 episodes of the show every week. You can buy our branded mugs, tote bags and T-shirts here: https://bit.ly/37huhqs A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Language:

English


Episodes

Dragoon

9/27/2022
Don your armour and grab your steed, Purple people because today we are galloping onto the battle field to uncover the etymological treasures of Weaponry. From biting bullets to smoking guns, Susie will guide us through the link between rainbows and archery, what the Armadillo has to do with armoury and why freelancers weren’t always that friendly. Gyles shares some further behind-the-scenes details of one of the most watched events on tele which leads into discussions of corona (but not...

Duration:00:35:34

An update from the Purple Plus Club…

9/22/2022
You heard it here first - we’re expanding our horizons here on Something Rhymes with Purple and welcome you to join us for not just 1, but 2 episodes every week. If you’re an Apple Purple Person, tap the banner in the app to enjoy a 7-day free trial or head to purpleplusclub.com to join us on all other platforms. As if that wasn’t enough, you will also get all episodes completely ad-free. Speak soon, Gyles & Susie. A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great...

Duration:00:01:08

Cobbler

9/20/2022
It’s time to take a trip to the bakery Purple People where we will run into Lords and Ladies, horses and testicles as we explore the shelves of bread. Come discover why the upper crust really is better, what bread rolls and parchment have in common, how lumps and humps gave name to Nubbys and Cobs and why having butter with your chip butty is essential. Gyles shares his latest ‘Oh Crumbs!’ moment and Susie tells us about her Sourdough Bread making adventure. It really is the best thing since...

Duration:00:35:43

Water Vessels

9/13/2022
We’ve spoken before about Susie’s, often fancy, water glasses that she sips on throughout the recordings… so this week we are pouring our thoughts into the vessels that we use to hold our drinks and have done for many centuries. Eavesdrop on us, with your favourite drink as we spill what we know about water vessels. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com We currently have...

Duration:00:34:57

Gymnasium

9/6/2022
We’re always impressed with how Gyles manages to hot foot around the country with such speed, what is his fitness regime? So, it is back to the gymnasium this week, fully clothed this time, to discuss the many different forms of exercise from the equipment to the ever-expanding number of classes. Eavesdrop on us and hear how Susie demonstrates her burpee. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here:...

Duration:00:42:27

Barocco

8/30/2022
Building on our recent fascination with cathedrals, this week we cast our architectural net a bit wider by taking a look at the other wonderful structures we walk past every day. Eavesdrop on us as we delve beneath the facade and open a window on everything from Bauhaus to Gothic, whilst being a little arch along the way. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com We currently...

Duration:00:36:08

kê-tsiap

8/23/2022
What’s small and red and speaks with a husky voice? A hoarse radish! (groan!) And Purple People, that’s what we have on the table for you today. We are exploring the condiments box so pull up a chair and get ready for some spicy chat! We’ll learn how a fishy trade with South East Asia gave us one of our most beloved red accompaniments, before we stop off at Branston Lodge in Burton-upon-Trent to taste one of the most popular pickles around. Elsewhere, Gyles takes us on a saucy tour of the...

Duration:00:41:34

Titamatorta

8/16/2022
Susie and Gyles are going hammer and tongs at the English language today as they deconstruct the world of DIY… Come learn why the vice isn’t as vicious as it may seem, what the saxons and the saw have in common and why the “saw” also “see’s”. Gyles and Susie, share their despair at their own DIY abilities and although Gaffa tape is Gyles’ solution to all his DIY needs Susie explains why (at least in the DIY world) Gyles will never be ‘The Gaffa’. We love hearing from you, find us...

Duration:00:37:27

Ultracrepidarian

8/9/2022
Put your best foot forward and join us as we march through the sole-ful language of shoes. There’s no loafing around as we find out what links your pumps to ocean liners, the beach snacks that lend their name to winklepickers, and the connection between the boot of your car and the boots on your feet. Plus there’s a rumour going round that Gyles wears socks with his crocs… or is that a load of old cobblers? We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook,...

Duration:00:47:05

Feles

8/2/2022
Psssss psssss... Over here Purple People! It’s your weekly dose of the English language where Susie and Gyles let the cat out the bag about all those word myths you’ve always wondered about! And speaking about cats, today’s episode will be all about our feline friends. Gyles and Susie’s cats have been regular guests on the podcast so today, Susie will uncover the link between cats in bags and pigs in a poke, how an affection for the name ‘Margeret’ gave us our moggy cat and why being greedy...

Duration:00:38:41

Cackletub

7/26/2022
Recorded on the hottest day of the year where better to seek some solace than within the cool walls of a cathedral? Take a seat as we take in the nautical origins of the nave, the link between the spire and an arrow, and we learn why you might literally be hanging on the words delivered from the pulpit. Also in the show, we answer some brilliant listener questions and Gyles recounts one of his finest tales about losing his grip in Canterbury Cathedral. We love hearing from you, find us...

Duration:00:43:09

Chiaroscuro

7/19/2022
July is the 125th anniversary of The Tate Britain, one of the UK’s most established art galleries, so today on the podcast we are going to be dedicating an episode to Art and specifically, painting . We’ll discover what the connection is between the painter’s canvas and a cannabis plant, why the painter’s palette is linked to the garden shovel and we explore the painting style of egg tempera albeit with a minor foray into Japanese cuisine. Susie and Gyles dive into their own art collection...

Duration:00:35:02

Googly

7/12/2022
We’re stepping up to the crease this week as we test our knowledge of the rich, and sometimes baffling, language of cricket. We discover the agricultural origins behind some of the terms, we find out the difference between the different ducks, and we have to admit to being stumped by some of the lingo along the way. As always we have a lot of fun, answer some of your brilliant questions, and Gyles signs off with a beautiful and poignant poem. A Somethin’ Else production We love answering...

Duration:00:37:54

Vespa

7/5/2022
We’re brushing off our entomological skills once again as we revisit the world of creepy crawlies. Find out why ants in your pants is a bad thing but the ant’s pants is quite good. We also swap nostalgic stories of VW Beetles and we find out about a very famous person who still gets butterflies in her stomach when performing. It all creates quite a buzz. A Somethin’ Else production We love answering your wordy questions on the show so please do keep sending them in to purple@somethinelse.com...

Duration:00:37:45

Tantalus

6/28/2022
Today’s episode is fabulous in the most literal of senses as Susie and Gyles are looking into fables and specifically the works of one of the most famous writers; Aesop. In a slow and steady manner, we will learn about greed with the help of a goose and a golden cacklefart and how the combination of foxes and grapes can impart teachings on petulance. Be ready for many marvels, morals and myths as Susie and Gyles discuss the questions surrounding Aesop and his very existence. You will not be...

Duration:00:32:58

Swazzle

6/21/2022
This week we’re embracing nostalgia and throwing open our trunks to skip through the wonderful world of toys. Along the way we discover the real Teddy behind the bear, where the word Muppet comes from, and why it’s not necessarily a good thing to be as pleased as punch. We also reminisce about trips to Hamley’s (some for business, some for pleasure), Gyles reveals the star attractions in his Teddy collection, and did he really meet the real Barbie and Ken? A Somethin’ Else production We love...

Duration:00:39:01

Phloem

6/14/2022
Here in the UK, we’re striding into summer - we’ve just celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee where people were quaffing Pimm’s at street parties up and down the country and with Wimbledon just around the corner, an episode on Summer Fruits seemed the perfect way to add some extra garnish to your summer excitement. We’ll discover what barbarians and rhubarb have in common, why you should carry a basket as a third wheel on a date and what could make you a ‘top banana’. Susie and Gyles share...

Duration:00:44:49

Electrick

6/7/2022
We’re full of energy this week as we fuel up on petrol (or should that be gas?) and blaze through the language associated with power and resources. Pop a few coins in the meter and join us as we discover the remarkable etymological links between electricity and amber and between fuel and focus as we discuss the Three Day Week and the origins of fossil fuels. A Somethin’ Else production. We love answering your wordy questions on the show so please do keep sending them in to...

Duration:00:33:51

Chenille

5/31/2022
We are morphing from etymologists into entomologists today as we put the world of insects and other creepy crawlies under the microscope. We will find out why bees really are the busiest especially when it comes to the English language and what caterpillars have in common with very hairy cats. Ironically, Gyles finds the fly in the ointment when he tries to get to the etymological root of ‘fly’ and Susie shares the silver lining of always being bitten by mosquitoes - it’s wohlweh (the...

Duration:00:37:19

Furlong

5/24/2022
Hands and feet at the ready Purple People, today we are looking at the world of measurements. We’ll find out how Oxens’ shaped our measurement system, why you would have a different weight village to village and how a stick was the object to rule(r) them all. Make sure you aren’t one over the eight for this episode as Susie will be testing your knowledge of some of the stranger units of measure before we jump into the mailbag for some Purple Post featuring the voices of two lovely Purple...

Duration:00:36:54