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What's going on, Internet!? Prepare for some of the most insane rambling about everything from life, to sex, to what passes for 21st-century Internet culture. Your aural canals are ours, and we're filling them with nonsense -- courtesy of hosts Brian Altano, Scott Bromley, Ryan Scott, Max Scoville, and Kristin Van De Yar. BRAAAP BRAAAP! New episode every Friday afternoon!
 
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 answering your wordy related questions on the show, so please send them to purple@somethinelse.com​ ​ You can buy our branded mugs, tote bags and T-shirts here: https://bit.ly/37huhqs​ ​ A Somethin' Else production with Sony Music Entertainment.
 
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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…
 
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 petulanc…
 
Evidently there are thumb truthers who believe that we only have eight fingers, so, that's a thing. Kristin also gets to tell us all about her trip to Spain, but not before Ryan derails the podcast for 15 minutes to dorksplain the country's most accomplished tennis player. Starring Brian Altano, Scott Bromley, Ryan Scott, Max Scoville, and Kristin …
 
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 …
 
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 fos…
 
We talk about all the Stranger Things, remember Paramount's old theme parks, catch up with a very fake Jonathan Taylor Thomas, imagine how many porno pizzas get delivered in New York, and discover some fake shared memories about the giant cartoon checks they used to hand out on TV. Starring Brian Altano, Scott Bromley, Ryan Scott, and Max Scoville.…
 
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…
 
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 kno…
 
A highly enjoyable sift through the mountain of emails you’ve sent in over the last few weeks with some absolutely corking questions to answer. In this week’s footage we lurch from poaching to doughnuts (or should that be donuts?), we separate our vets from our vets, and we discover the meaning of ‘lief’. There are also musical interludes from hung…
 
You are in for a whale of a time today Purple People as we are jumping into the deep blue sea and meeting the fishes. We will discover why Halibut are holy, what Cod and weak beer have in common and we will also revisit that famous red Herring of a question: what is the plural of Octopus? Susie takes us on a beautiful trip to the Italian island Sar…
 
Celebrating three years of Something Rhymes With Purple here are our favourite moments from the past 12 months on the pod. Join us as we remind ourselves of the fascinating etymological tales behind words like ‘naff’ and ‘tuxedo’, we relive some of Gyles’ most hair-raising anecdotes, and we explore the tribal language of aircrews and gamers. Plus w…
 
Strike a pose with us this week as we give you a snapshot of the language behind the lens of photography. Our hosts – one camera shy, one a lover of the limelight – guide us through the whirrs and clicks of the camera, unearthing the first paparazzo and the surprising first person to coin the term ‘photo’ along the way. Elsewhere Gyles reveals the …
 
They say that time flies when you’re having fun, so this week’s episode should whizz by in a jiffy. Gyles and Susie tackle all things horological from clepsydras to obelisks and they reveal the musical history of the grandfather clock. They also chat about how best to use one’s time and the frustrating accuracy of Parkinson’s Law alongside the usua…
 
Today, Susie and Gyles are blasting into outer space as they take a voyage into the linguistical world of extraterrestrial life. Rock bands and conspiracy theories will be involved in this episode’s lexical discovery as we fly by UFO’s, Crop Circles and Area 51. Also Susie and Gyles share their own run-ins with alien life before Gyles serenades us …
 
Susie and Gyles are in high spirits today as they lead us on a discovery to the essence of our souls…at least etymologically! We are delving into the world of spirits but not the religious or ghostly type… the alcoholic kind. This exploration will take us across the globe as we visit Geneva for our gin followed by a jaunt to Japan to discover why o…
 
Recorded in front of a live audience at London’s Cadogan Hall we’re talking all things April Fools. Expect pranks aplenty as Susie and Gyles put a whoopee cushion under the jesters and hoaxters of times gone by, unpick the foolish history of Little Witham, and are unasinous in their pursuit of the perfect saddle-goose. A Somethin’ Else production W…
 
Today, Gyles compares us to a Summer’s day as he takes us on exploration of one of his favourite subjects: Poetry, and specifically, the Sonnet. Together, Susie and Gyles will uncover the A’s and B’s of this ‘little song’, deciphering the iambic from the pentameter, and encountering the greats from Shakespeare to Petrarch to Milton. 14 lines later,…
 
For those Purple People among us who refrain from walking under ladders, avoid social engagements on the 13th or live in fear of a broken mirror than this is the episode for you, as Susie and Gyles will be discussing superstitions. ] From Saluting magpies to knocking on wood, Susie will take us on an exploration encompassing the biblical and mythic…
 
Recorded live in front of a sell-out crowd at Newcastle’s Northern Stage theatre we’re celebrating International Women’s Day and taking a close look at how the vocabulary we use changes when talking about women as opposed to men. After delving into some canny Geordie phrases and highlighting the historic work of a local unsung linguistic hero, we d…
 
Did you know that every time you galvanise yourself to pick up the saxophone, or pop on a cardigan before sipping a glass of pasteurised milk, or you enjoy a Caesar salad and a play on a Rubik’s Cube you have someone in particular to thank for the pleasure? This week we’re returning to the ever-rich world of eponyms. Join us to find out how everyth…
 
Whether you’ve had a ruff day and need a Puple style re-leash, or you have dug out a paw-fect podcast listening moment, come hear about a man’s best friend on today’s episode of the podcast. Today we will be laying low with the basset hound and paddling with the poodle as we hear the fascinating etymology of dog breeds. We will find out why Saint B…
 
We have a spirited discussion about our favorite gas station brands and treats (seriously this is what it's come to), imagine the most effective way to fight Ryan as a bird, give mad props to our boy Lanky Kong, and pick out our most favorite old YouTube shows and memes like the geriatric millennials that we are. Starring Brian Altano, Scott Bromle…
 
Put your seatbelt on and relax in the passenger seat as we chauffeur you through the highways and byways of the language of the road. After easing the car out of the garage, we’ll cruise over the tarmac and the cats eyes, and try to avoid mounting the pavement before a well-earned stop at a Service Station. To pass the time en route, Gyles and Susi…
 
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