Susie Dent presents - The Secret Lives of Words

Susie Dent presents - The Secret Lives of Words

Susie Dent presents - The Secret Lives of Words

Main Space


Fri 01 April


Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words aslasagne (involving a chamber pot) andbugbear(a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h inghostand the mysterious disappearance of kempt,gormful, andruly(and yes, you really can begruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s ascurryfunge). 

Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters. 

Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’. 

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