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Something Rhymes with Purple

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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

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200 Today!

200 Today!

2023-01-3131:063

We have reached 200! That’s 200 episodes of Something Rhymes with Purple consisting of topics such as Drinking, Theatre, Death, Hair, Biscuits, School, Sex, Board Games, Fish, Cricket, Water Vessels.. The list is 200 items long!  To celebrate our 200th birthday, Susie and Gyles will dedicate it to the Purple People and spend the episode riffling through the dictionary as they seek to find the perfect word for those moments in life when the Purple People exclaim ‘there must be a word for that!?’. We’ll be finding the perfect word to describe the frustration of a sneeze that doesn’t come to fruition, the experience of music moving you to tears, that pre-departure anxiety that renders you incapable of doing anything in the interim period and that disconcerting feeling when you occupy a seat on public transport that is still warm from its previous occupant…  Thank you so much to all the Purple People who sent in their brilliant suggestions - we try to answer as many of them as possible in this episode, but we will be doing a part 2 shortly as there were too many brilliant suggestions to get through in one episode.. 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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Gyles' poem this week was 'As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [All the world's a stage]' by 'William Shakespeare' All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. 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
San Fran’s Disco

San Fran’s Disco

2023-01-2438:101

We are on the 4th leg of our North America road trip where we are visiting Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Susie and Gyles will take us to the meadows of Las Vegas and the snowy capped mountains of Nevada before we hit the casinos and Gyles reveals he has a booking at a church in Las Vegas ready and waiting for him. We’ll continue on to Queen Calafia’s California to visit San Francisco where we’ll etymologically encounter the Pelicans of Alcatraz before our final destination where we meet the angels of Los Angeles and we discover how the Lumière brothers gave light to Hollywood.  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Logodaedaly - ingenious use of words  Scrofulous - morally corrupt  Sipid - of pleasing taste, flavour or character Gyles' poem this week was 'An Attempt At Unrhymed Verse' by 'Wendy Cope' People tell you all the time, Poems do not have to rhyme. It's often better if they don't And I'm determined this one won't. Oh dear. Never mind, I'll start again. Busy, busy with my pen...cil. I can do it if I try-- Easy, peasy, pudding and gherkins. Writing verse is so much fun, Cheering as the summer weather, Makes you feel alert and bright, 'Specially when you get it more or less the way you want it. 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
Thimble

Thimble

2023-01-1728:31

Discover how Tailors and Tagliatelle pasta are connected, why a large nail gave its name to the technique of ‘tacking’ and the treacherous origin story of the sewing machine. It’s going to be a *Singer* of an episode today as Susie and Gyles stitch, hem and thread their way through the world of sewing where all is not as it seams…  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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Expropriate: To get rid of or no longer own. Chimney-corner: The place of idlers Nuncheon: Food eaten between meals Gyles' poem this week was 'Hands off our horns' by 'Mark Graham ' I know my horn is impressive But it’s not a magic cure For poor performance in the sack Of that I’m really sure I recommend viagra If suffering from these ails You’re stupid if you buy my horn  Just bite your bloody nails A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production.   Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As a lover of words, we know you’ll be a lover of this comedy podcast all about story telling… Omid tells his story to Abi. Abi tells Omid’s story to Sean, then Sean to Kai, Kai to Sikisa and Sikisa to Helen… each time with hilarious misrememberings, improvisations, stumbles, fumbles and laughs. Six comedians have a funny story to tell. Can they pass the story along the chain without completely twisting the tale? But this isn’t like the game you play at school where you only whisper short sentences. Each episode is a complete, beautifully written story, with each retelling getting funnier (and weirder!) as it passes on. And boy, does season one of Please Tell Me A Story feature an all star comedy cast: Omid Djalili, Abi Clarke, Seán Burke, Kai Samra, Sikisa, and Helen Bauer. Join them as the story gets weird…https://listen.sonymusic-podcasts.link/qxhC1Drl A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow us @sonypodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chandelier

Chandelier

2023-01-1055:572

Susie and Gyles are guiding us out of etymological darkness as they the light way to better understanding the world of light!  We’ll have many light bulb moments as we discover how extortion and contortion are twisted into the intriguing language of torches, what’s hiding in the sconce and why candles are candid.  Gyles shares his schoolboy days as a lighting technician of sorts whilst Susie continues to pull the plug on linguistic myths when answering this week’s Purple Peoples’ post. Susie and Gyles are guiding us out of etymological darkness as they the light way to better understanding the world of light!  We’ll have many light bulb moments as we discover how extortion and contortion are twisted into the intriguing language of torches, what’s hiding in the sconce and why candles are candid.  Gyles shares his schoolboy days as a lighting technician of sorts whilst Susie continues to pull the plug on linguistic myths when answering this week’s Purple Peoples’ post.  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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: Peccable: Prone to sin. This is a rare example of a lost negative. Leucocholy: A white Melancholy, a good easy sort of a state. Uitwaaien (Dutch oot-vay-en): To clear the mind in windy weather. Gyles reads The Midnight Skaters by Roger McGough  It is midnight in the ice rink And all is cool and still. Darkness seems to hold its breath Nothing moves, until Out of the kitchen, one by one, The cutlery comes creeping, Quiet as mice to the brink of the ice While all the world is sleeping. Then suddenly, a serving-spoon Switches on the light, And the silver swoops upon the ice Screaming with delight. The knives are high-speed skaters Round and round they race, Blades hissing, sissing, Whizzing at a dizzy pace. Forks twirl like dancers Pirouetting on the spot. Teaspoons (who take no chances) Hold hands and giggle a lot. All night long the fun goes on Until the sun, their friend, Gives the warning signal That all good things must end. So they slink back to the darkness of the kitchen cutlery-drawer And steel themselves to wait Until it's time to skate once more. At eight the canteen ladies Breeze in as good as gold To lay the tables and wonder Why the cutlery is so cold. 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
Elementary

Elementary

2023-01-0332:301

It’s a smokin’ hot episode today people as we delve into the world of Smoking.  We’ll run into Colombos, Hamlet and Charles Dickens as we uncover why we have pipe dreams, why stogie cigars are linked to wagons, how pipes and musical instruments are connected and that the original meaning of blowing smoke up someone’s arse is very different from today’s..  Susie will make sure our understanding of smoking idioms is up to snuff and Gyles shares tales of an icon of his that is synonymous with the pipe.  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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Twithought: A fleeting thought Potgun: Something that makes a lot of noise but that is ultimately irrelevant. Holy Willie: hypocritically pious person Gyles reads ‘Fall’ by Connie Bensley When you’re falling Expect a split second of thought before you hit the stone, stair or ground   How to use it? Worrying about the dog? No Regretting your ancient underwear? No Cursing the car which is careering towards you? No   Use this tick of time to turn your head in such a way that your teeth avoid the primary impact   This will enable you to smile at the first responder When he bends to lift you with his big hands out of the gutter 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
Spatchcock

Spatchcock

2022-12-2739:45

Recorded live at the Fortune Theatre on Sunday 20th November 2022.  Tis’ that peculiar time between Christmas and New Year when we might find ourselves overindulging and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Therefore, Susie and Gyles are here to make you feel that little bit more informed about the methods of cooking that have come to create that mince pie you might be eating whilst you get your Purple fix this week.  We’ll discover what stews, steamed baths and typhoid have in common, why getting the wrong end of the stick is mucky business and why receiving a roasting when you fail to complete your roster of duties is more appropriate than you think. Susie and Gyles challenge the audience to teach them how to poach an egg and they discover -  thanks to audience member and Purple Person, Professor Hansen - why the loser gets a wooden spoon.    We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com If you’ve ever thought ‘There must be a word for that?’, then now is your chance to ask Susie and Gyles! To celebrate the 200th Episode of Something Rhymes with Purple, Susie and Gyles are challenging the Purple People to submit the linguistic gaps they want filling. Please email purple@somethinelse.com with the subject line, ‘Is there a word for?’ Please submit entries by the 31st December. We currently have 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Ferntickle: a freckle (15th century: A freckle on the skin, resembling the seed of fern’) Bodkin: a small dagger. Mentioned in Chaucer’s, ‘The Reeve’s Tale’ Kickshaw: an elaborate but disappointing meal, from the French ‘quelque chose’. Gyles reads ‘Don't Worry if Your Job Is Small’ by Anonymous Don't worry if your job is small, And your rewards are few. Remember that the mighty oak, Was once a nut like you. 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
Ambassador Satch

Ambassador Satch

2022-12-2035:111

Come discover what the $10 note might have to do with Dixieland, why the city of Orleans was ‘made new’ and what ‘Mile High Ice Cream Pie’ is as we arrive at the city of New Orleans for our 3rd stop on our North America road trip.  Susie and Gyles explore the food, the language and the Jazz Culture of one of Gyles’ favourite places in the world and he makes sure that Susie has put the city of New Orleans on her bucket list by the end of the episode.  We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com If you’ve ever thought ‘There must be a word for that?’, then now is your chance to ask Susie and Gyles! To celebrate the 200th Episode of Something Rhymes with Purple, Susie and Gyles are challenging the Purple People to submit the linguistic gaps they want filling. Please email purple@somethinelse.com with the subject line, ‘Is there a word for?’ Please submit entries by the 31st December. We currently have 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Nubiferous: full of clouds Nubbled: covered in small lumps (bumfled) Frugalist (19th century): a belt-tightener Gyles reads ‘We have not long to love’ by Tennessee Williams We have not long to love. Light does not stay. The tender things are those we fold away. Coarse fabrics are the ones for common wear. In silence I have watched you comb your hair. Intimate the silence, dim and warm. I could but did not, reach to touch your arm. I could, but do not, break that which is still. (Almost the faintest whisper would be shrill.) So moments pass as though they wished to stay. We have not long to love. A night. A day.... 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
Lanolin

Lanolin

2022-12-1332:092

It’s a knit and natter kind of episode today Purple People, as we unravel the words and phrases that are woven throughout the world of knitting.  We’ll unstitch the mystery of what frogs have to do with knitting mistakes, how a lawyer’s wig pulled the wool over our eyes, what stitches and sticks have in common and Susie advises Gyles to avoid knitted underwear as she is certain it will cause him shivviness - the feeling of roughness caused by a new undergarment. 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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Metopomancy: Divination by the (lines on the) forehead or face. Hamsterkauf - Panic buying. Egg of Colombus - A brilliant idea that seems easy once you know how.  Gyles reads ‘Requiescat’ by Oscar Wilde  Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow. All her bright golden hair Tarnished with rust, She that was young and fair Fallen to dust. Lily-like, white as snow, She hardly knew She was a woman, so Sweetly she grew. Coffin-board, heavy stone, Lie on her breast, I vex my heart alone, She is at rest. Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life's buried here, Heap earth upon it. 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
Rex

Rex

2022-12-0632:57

It’s the real deal today Purple People as we enter the palace courtesy of Tour Guide Gyles for a Royal episode. Come discover why Sovereign is ‘super’, how the King was a family man, why real tennis isn’t royal at all and how elevation was the key to prominence in the monarchy.    Gyles seems in need of a pizza delivery service during our correspondence section thanks to Purple Person, Quentin Lotte and Susie’s trio takes us down the pub to meet the Knight of the Sprigot but make sure you don’t have a lanspresados as company!   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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple   Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'   Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com     Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Intumescence: bubblement; excitement: anticipation. Knight of the Spigot: a party host or pub landlord/lady. Lanspresado: one who comes to the pub with only a handful of change in their pocket.   Gyles reads ‘The King’s Breakfast’ by A.A. Milne   The King asked  The Queen, and  The Queen asked  The Dairymaid:  "Could we have some butter for  The Royal slice of bread?"  The Queen asked the Dairymaid,  The Dairymaid  Said, "Certainly,  I'll go and tell the cow  Now  Before she goes to bed."   The Dairymaid  She curtsied,  And went and told  The Alderney:  "Don't forget the butter for  The Royal slice of bread."  The Alderney  Said sleepily:  "You'd better tell  His Majesty  That many people nowadays  Like marmalade  Instead."   The Dairymaid  Said, "Fancy!"  And went to  Her Majesty.  She curtsied to the Queen, and  She turned a little red:  "Excuse me,  Your Majesty,  For taking of  The liberty,  But marmalade is tasty, if  It's very  Thickly  Spread."   The Queen said  "Oh!:  And went to  His Majesty:  "Talking of the butter for  The royal slice of bread,  Many people  Think that  Marmalade  Is nicer.  Would you like to try a little  Marmalade  Instead?"   The King said,  "Bother!"  And then he said,  "Oh, deary me!"  The King sobbed,  "Oh, deary me!"  And went back to bed.  "Nobody,"  He whimpered,  "Could call me  A fussy man;  I only want  A little bit  Of butter for  My bread!"   The Queen said,  "There, there!"  And went to  The Dairymaid.  The Dairymaid  Said, "There, there!"  And went to the shed.&a Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Xocolatl

Xocolatl

2022-11-2929:062

It’s a chock-a-block episode today as we dive into the chocolate box to discover how our favourite fillings got their names. We’ll hear the ‘sweet’ story that gave us the Praline, what a horse's lower jaw and Ganache have in common and why the strong smelling fungus and the lovely truffle filling are etymological twins. Susie takes us back to university in search for the origin of being ’Toffee nosed’ and Gyles shares an extract from a recent book purchase which adds a purr-fect addition to this ever so sweet episode. We also launch our 200th Episode Challenge where we are asking the Purple People to tell Gyles and Susie about any linguistic gaps that they want filling! Ever experienced a feeling and thought, ‘There must be a word for that?’ Then put it to Susie and Gyles and see if they can find the answer. Susie and Gyles also want to hear your suggestions so it’s time for us all to be etymology detectives! Please email purple@somethinelse.com with the subject line, ‘Is there a word for?’ Please submit entries by the 31st December. 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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Bibacity: the quality of ‘drinking much’ Ribroast: give a good talking to Timepleaser: one who complies with the prevailing agreements no matter what they are. Gyles read ‘Magic’ by John K. Harris Writing is a magic kind of caper It really is remarkable to think Here we have a simple piece of paper With spells upon it, printed out in ink To conjure up my voice inside your head I’m speaking to you from inside your brain Or is this your voice that you hear instead? Or maybe, more a mixture of the twain? For when I write down ‘I’ do I mean ‘me’? Or reading, do you think that ‘I’ is ‘you’? From where I sit inside your skull I see that while I’m here you’re there, but I’m there too So while you read this sonnet rhyme by rhyme we’re in at least two places at one time. 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
AMERIGO

AMERIGO

2022-11-2231:593

Come discover which Italian explorer gave his name to the continent of America, why Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love and why you “Take the T” when in Boston as we travel down the East Coast of America. Susie shares further adventures from her time in Princeton and Gyles gives us a healthy dose of name-drops with an American flavour. 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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: Grubble: To feel around in the dark Confabulate: To talk easily; to prattle Sideration: A sudden paralysis or feeling of mortification Gyles read ‘A word to husbands’ by Ogden Nash To keep your marriage brimming With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. 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
Etiquette

Etiquette

2022-11-1526:003

Discover what your hands have to do with manners, how the typesetters minded their p’s and q’s, why Gyles wasn’t allowed to issue the Royal Pardon and why some greetings comes at face value.    Today, Susie and Gyles will be dissecting the language of formalities and etiquette where we will be taking a trip to court, making a few phone calls and wassailing throughout the evening.    Toodle Pip, Ciao, Adios, See ya, Sayonara!    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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple  Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'   Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Nudiustertian: the day before yesterday.   Quomodocuncquize: to make money any way you can.  Williwaw: a sudden violent squall from the mountains.  Gyles reads ‘Who Has Seen the Wind?’ by Christina Rossetti    Who has seen the wind?  Neither I nor you:  But when the leaves hang trembling,  The wind is passing through.   Who has seen the wind?  Neither you nor I:  But when the trees bow down their heads,  The wind is passing by   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
Mortarboard

Mortarboard

2022-11-0835:141

Recorded live at the Oxford Playhouse on Sunday 9th October 2021.   Gyles and Susie explore the wordy world of Universities as they return to their University home of Oxford.    Come discover what seminars have in common with semen, how gold tassels gave us the term ’Toff’, why the mortarboard and the pestle & mortar are linked and Susie shares the ultimate excuse for bunking off class early to go for a drink down The White Rabbit (an Oxford pub named after Oxford resident, Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).   Gyles teaches Susie what it means to 'sport one's oak' and Susie shares some further sporting references revealing why chess boards and dominoes are also linked to University life.   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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple   Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'   Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:   Peristeronic - of or relating to pigeons.  Hirquiticke - horny teenager  Backspang - a loophole that allows you to renege on a deal.    Gyles read ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll    ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:  All mimsy were the borogoves,        And the mome raths outgrabe.   “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!        The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!  Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun        The frumious Bandersnatch!”   He took his vorpal sword in hand;        Long time the manxome foe he sought—  So rested he by the Tumtum tree        And stood awhile in thought.   And, as in uffish thought he stood,        The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,  Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,        And burbled as it came!   One, two! One, two!  And through and through        The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head        He went galumphing back.   “And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?        Come to my arms, my beamish boy!  O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”        He chortled in his joy.   ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:  All mimsy were the borogoves,        And the mome raths outgrabe.    A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production.     Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Poltergeist

Poltergeist

2022-11-0128:264

It’s a spooky one for you Purple People as we transcend to the world of the supernatural for an etymological seance with ghosts and poltergeists.    Discover what blazing fires and the ethereal have in common, why we climb to 7th heaven and why the mystics are so close to their secrets.  Susie will tell us why our faulty applicants give up the ghost and Gyles shares a story that packs a punch..of should we say, a fright!   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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple   Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'   Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:    Kalopsia -  The delusion of things being more beautiful than they are  Mumpish - Feeling sullen, cranky, withdrawn and glum  Simchaa - A word from Hebrew meaning gladness and joy   Gyles read ‘Dark, dark wood’, a story developed by Cambridge English Online on behalf of the British Council.    In the dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house.  And in that dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room.   And in that dark, dark room, there was a dark, dark cupboard.   And in that dark, dark cupboard, there was a dark, dark shelf.   And on that dark, dark shelf, there was a dark, dark box.   And in that dark, dark box, there was a ghost.   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
Jujube

Jujube

2022-10-2536:29

This is one for your sweet tooth (or is it sweet teeth?!) because we are heading to the pick’n’mix store for some sweet talk from Susie and Gyles.   We’ll discover the link between bread and pastilles, what gyles’ favourite word lallygagging and lollipops have in common and what festivity the candy cane has to thank for its distinctive shape.   Susie will hit the sweet spot each time as she gives us the origins of some of our sweetest phrases and Gyles shares the story of perhaps the worlds most iconic sweet store and its pick’n’mix aisle, Woolworths.    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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple   Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'   Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Eftsoons: Very soon after   Palchrony: Tom Read Wilson’s portmanteau for being in wonderful synchrony with a friend Eleutherophobia: A fear of freedom   Gyles' poem this week was "Purple poem" by 'David Walser   When making a jus in your newly bought blender   A sip is quite hopeless, you must have a snurple   Did you add beetroot? Then the snurple, is purple.   And a snurple that’s purple is fit for a turtle.    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
Mounties

Mounties

2022-10-1841:052

Time to don your toque and get cozy in your bunnyhug Purple People because today we are beginning our North American tour and our first destination is Canada, Ey!  We’ll warm up with a steaming bowl of Poutine followed by a double-double and a few Timbits as we get on the (etymological) road stopping along the way at Newfoundland and the ‘Capcity’, Ottawa.  Talks of Newfoundland lead Gyles to share stories of his ‘most magical, musical’ evening at the theatre seeing a show about the island but that’s not before we have a triple Canadian name drop and discover that Gyles himself has Canadian blood! Susie’s dendrophile nature is perfectly placed to explore the wilderness of Canada but it’s the ice hockey that has her sharing a long lost dream of performing a deke on the ice.  We’ll take a small trip with the mounties before settling down for a Jiggs Dinner for a couple of Twoonies and a bit of cloffin by the fire.  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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple  Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'  Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com  Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:  Cloffin: to warm yourself by the fire and to warm the back of your legs specially, that is Brabbag  Exlex - An outlaw  Fysifunkus: One with no curiosity at all  Gyles' poem this week was 'Variations on the Word Love' by Margaret Atwood   This is a word we use to plug  holes with. It’s the right size for those warm  blanks in speech, for those red heart-  shaped vacancies on the page that look nothing  like real hearts. Add lace  and you can sell  it. We insert it also in the one empty  space on the printed form  that comes with no instructions. There are whole  magazines with not much in them  but the word love, you can  rub it all over your body and you  can cook with it too. How do we know  it isn’t what goes on at the cool  debaucheries of slugs under damp  pieces of cardboard? As for the weed-  seedlings nosing their tough snouts up  among the lettuces, they shout it.  Love! Love! sing the soldiers, raising  their glittering knives in salute.   Then there’s the two  of us. This word  is far too short for us, it has only  four letters, too sparse  to fill those deep bare  vacuums between the stars  that press on us with their deafness.  It’s not love we don’t wish  to fall into, but that fear.  this word is not enough but it will  have to do. It’s a single  vowel in this metallic  silence, a mouth that says  O again and again in wonder  and pain, a breath, a finger  grip on a cliffside. You can  hold on or let go.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Emovere

Emovere

2022-10-1134:24

Hello Purple People, have you ever found yourself experiencing a particular feeling or emotion and wondering, ‘there must be a word for that’? Well luckily for us, so has our very own Susie Dent! From the way to describe those blues you get on a Sunday evening at the prospect of work the next day - the Mubblefubbles - to that irresistible desire to do something unwise - cacoethes. Susie will take us through a selection of her favourite words from her new book, An Emotional Dictionary, so you are never lost for words again. Next time you go to the hair dressers where you are horrified by the result, you’ll know exactly how to describe it! Waterstones are offering an exclusive discount just for Purple People. Simply visit waterstones.com and enter the promo code EMOTION22 during checkout for a £3 discount on the hardback of An Emotional Dictionary. That’s E-M-O-T-I-O-N and the number 22. Offer ends 30th Nov 2022. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com Go to https://redbubbleus.sjv.io/c/3717640/993952/11754and use code RBC-PURPLE for 20% off at Redbubble.  We currently have 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple   Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms' Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com Gyles' poem this week was 'Buckingham Palace' by A.  A. Milne They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. Alice is marrying one of the guard. "A soldier's life is terrible hard," Says Alice. They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. We saw a guard in a sentry-box. "One of the sergeants looks after their socks," Says Alice. They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. We looked for the King, but he never came. "Well, God take care of him, all the same," Says Alice. They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. They've great big parties inside the grounds. "I wouldn't be King for a hundred pounds," Says Alice. They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. A face looked out, but it wasn't the King's. "He's much too busy a-signing things," Says Alice. They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace - Christopher Robin went down with Alice. "Do you think the King knows all about me?" "Sure to, dear, but it's time for tea," Says Alice. 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
Tintinnabulation

Tintinnabulation

2022-10-0441:47

Welcome back to Something Rhymes with Purple for our first show in our Autumn tour! Recorded live at the Fortune Theatre in London, Susie and Gyles arrived with bells and whistles on for an etymological exploration into the world of bells, specifically the Capital’s Big Ben. There was much tintinnabulation (as much as Gyles tried to derail this) and our lovely audience of Purple People got to discover the links between cups and chimes, why bells were responsible for re-naming the belfry tower, and why Swiss Cow Bells are nostalgic.  We were saved by the bell once discussions of ringing one’s bell went a little too far and Gyles got his (metaphorical) catsuit on to give us a stunning rendition of T.S. Eliot’s ‘Gus: The Theatre Cat’ from Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. 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 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms. Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: Matter-fangled: to have got into a muddle while talking Rackups: your just desserts Quanker: someone who settles a dispute Gyles' poem this week was 'Gus: The Theatre Cat' by 'T.S. Eliot' Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door. His name, as I ought to have told you before, Is really Asparagus. That's such a fuss To pronounce, that we usually call him just Gus. His coat's very shabby, he's thin as a rake, And he suffers from palsy that makes his paw shake. Yet he was, in his youth, quite the smartest of Cats-- But no longer a terror to mice and to rats. For he isn't the Cat that he was in his prime; Though his name was quite famous, he says, in its time. And whenever he joins his friends at their club (Which takes place at the back of the neighbouring pub) He loves to regale them, if someone else pays, With anecdotes drawn from his palmiest days. For he once was a Star of the highest degree-- He has acted with Irving, he's acted with Tree. And he likes to relate his success on the Halls, Where the Gallery once gave him seven cat-calls. But his grandest creation, as he loves to tell, Was Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell. 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
Dragoon

Dragoon

2022-09-2735:492

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 that corona) and why it’s courteous to curtsy.    Susie and Gyles have their weekly dose of three scintillating words and a delicious poem for us and as always, they want to hear from you!  Find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com   We currently have 20% off at the SRwP official merchandise store, just head to: https://kontraband.shop/collections/something-rhymes-with-purple   Want even more purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or head to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms'   Don’t forget that you can join us in person at our upcoming tour, tap the link to find tickets: www.somethingrhymeswithpurple.com    Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week:    Kalokagathia: Nobility and goodness of character  Nidification: to build a nest and retreat for a while  Polydipsia: A great thirst (usually in a figurative sense eg. for fame)   Gyles' poem this week was ‘To You’ by  Langston Hughes   To sit down and dream,  To sit and read,  To sit and learn about the world  Outside our world of here and now-  Our problem world-  To dream of vast horizons of the soul  Through dreams made whole,  Unfettered free-help me!  All you who are dreamers,too,  Help me to make our world anew.  I reach out my dreams to you.    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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Comments (65)

Linus Moses

I absolutely love this podcast. it's the one I have to take the time to listen to and digest. I don't like just having it on in the background because I enjoy listening to Susie and Gyles and learning new words. This is the pod I recommend to everyone.

Jan 31st
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Teresa Wilkinson

Could we be spared 'busy people are happy people ' repeated over & over?, 🤦‍♀️

Jan 28th
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Teresa Wilkinson

I NEVER want to hear the word macrame ever again

Jan 28th
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G H

this episode is full of errors - repeated, jumbled up, jumps back and forth

Jan 18th
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Tom J Smith

The poem is quite easy to get the meaning of here, I'm not surprised Gyles doesn't understand it though. He is the victorian ghost that should go back into the cupboard, and we all love Suzie.

Sep 14th
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Linus Moses

Really loved this episode

Jun 28th
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Tim

12 Ounces in a pound? 16 surely.

May 24th
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Teresa Wilkinson

🙂❤👍

Feb 16th
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Rich B

Allegedly 1A.M. This dropped wishing me a good afternoon. 🤪 When am I?

Feb 8th
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Teresa Wilkinson

Gyles has said that his wife told him to 'let the woman speak'!, this is one particular episode where I wished Giles would just take a breath and listen to someone else for a change 🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫

Oct 7th
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Teresa Wilkinson

Oh! the love of God will you PLEASE STOP the repetitive ads!!!!!! especially that ghastly female fried voice

Oct 5th
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David Lindfield

Where have all the episodes gone!

Sep 20th
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Teresa Wilkinson

my comment is for Castbox I'm really sick and tired of the advertisements you've inserted into the beginning of any pod before I can reach it and sincerely if you do not stop it I will go back to using Stitcher

Sep 16th
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Teresa Wilkinson

🥂 what a joy SRWP is, thanks to Susie, Gyles, & the team for bringing me and others so many chuckles, belly laughs, intrigue and intelligent content, long may you podcast 🎙

Apr 12th
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Jordan

Every episode is just Giles fan girling over Susie haha

Mar 5th
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Cate O'Connell

I love Susie Dent on 8 out of 10 Cats Countdown (is that one word?? It's a supermarket here in Aotearoa NZ😊) This takes us many steps further. I love my wine but am not too crambazzled or cramboozled maybe 🤣 I'm finally working my way through from to start. Think I'll delete all the others.

Feb 24th
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Calpurnia Eddy-Fox

love Susie; Giles... retire already.

Feb 10th
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negin M.Hasely

oh they are talking about ظرف !

Feb 5th
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Don Duncan

finally caught up with the entire catalog. Started binging about a month ago. After 100 episodes the most unbelievable thing about this podcast is Gyles claiming he doesn't know what a bloviator is.

Jan 31st
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David Roach

l could not download this episode, is anybody else having difficulties downloading it?

Jan 21st
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