Episodes

  • Welcome to the party Purple People as we celebrate reaching our 100th episode - we promise that it is going to be full of pep, zest and pizazz! 
    Featuring booze, banquets and cockerels, Susie will take us on a tour of all the eating options at this bash from canapés to buffets, Slap-up meals to a Jacob’s Join whilst Gyles recounts tales of private soirees with the queen and punting parties of the Oxford scholars.
    Talking politics is strictly prohibited as it has been a LONG time since a party was only associated with political membership, so let’s get on our dancing shoes and join in the shin-dig, but whilst trying to avoid too many shins whilst we are dancing away! 
    Warning: This episode comes with a Party Pooper spoiler. 
    A Somethin’ Else production.
    If you have any wordy wonderings or linguistical lamentations you’d like to ask to Susie and Gyles, you can ask them by emailing purple@somethinelse.com.
    Susie’s Trio: 

    Stultilioquent - prone to foolish talk or babble 

    Woofits - unwell feeling, especially a headache and also a moody depression 

    Forblissed - filled with happiness


    Don't forget to come and see Gyles and Susie in action as Something Rhymes With Purple goes LIVE and ONLINE in 2021.
    Thursday 25th March 2021
    7.30pm (GMT)
    For tickets please go HERE!
    Expect bizarre word journeys, the gruesome origins of everyday phrases, celebrity name-drops aplenty… plus a live Q&A with Gyles and Susie on the night.We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Come and see Gyles and Susie in action as Something Rhymes With Purple goes LIVE and ONLINE in 2021.
    After the success of last year’s live theatre show, SRWP is opening its doors once again but this time we’re streaming it online, so wherever you are in the world, come and JOIN US!
    Thursday 25th March 2021
    7.30pm (GMT)
    For tickets please go HERE!
    Expect bizarre word journeys, the gruesome origins of everyday phrases, celebrity name-drops aplenty… plus a live Q&A with Gyles and Susie on the night.We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • In this our 99th episode we’re calling our Purple People to the bar and passing judgement on the words of law!
    Susie tells us what a large number of judges and a large amount of food have in common, why the Old Bailey has Roman origins and explains why a Juror must swear but never curse.
    Gyles asks some ad hoc questions, as is his modus operandi, and proves that he’s no ignoramus when it comes to stories of late, great lawyers. 
    Later, Susie and Gyles are brief about briefs, explain the significance of colourful bags and ribbons, and cause mayhem with some dark humour- but who doesn't love the sound of a "mans laughter"?
    A Somethin' Else production.
    Susie's trio:
    Ninguid- blanketed in snow
    Widdendream- to be in a state of confusion or mental disturbance
    Rhinarium- the moist nose of an animal like a dog or a cat
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.

  • Do you know your Bournes from your Burghs, your Casters from your Chesters, your Kils from your Kirks? This week we’re having another look at place names and the fascinating stories behind some of our nationally treasured locations.
    Gyles and Susie tell us why Plymouth Hoe is not a misogynistic slur, why the God Thor never visits The Devil’s Punch Bowl and and where the oxen used to cross the river.
    Plus a hair-raising story from Halifax and a cry for compassion from Durham and Cornwall!

    Susie's trio:
    Quignogs- ridiculous ideas or conceits 
    Finnying- timid or fearful 
    Nickerers- new shoes that creak 

    A Somethin’ Else production

    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.

  • Purple People we have been feeling flumped and slumped, so this week we’re getting pumped for Protest!
    And how thrilling protest can be. Whether its sedition or insurrection, riot or revolt, Susie and Gyles explore the words of protest and revolution. 
    Susie tells us why the Roman god Jupiter may have some thoughts about that incident at Capitol Hill, Gyles delights in the anti-ageism of the Senate and even manages to find something saucy in Congress. 
    Gyles and Susie also answer mail, get to the root of carrots/carets/carats and solve your excellent cross word clues.
    Featuring “Inspector Morse” by Jim Parker.
    Susie's Trio:
    Jawbation- an tedious, extensive rebuke
    Fossick- to rummage around, to search about
    Twickered- a word from the Isle of Wight, to be tired and weary
    A Somethin’ Else production
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.

  • Another month, another week, another episode for our dear Purple People! Take a whiff of that petrichor and allow us to metaphorically remove the phloem from life's banana. Come join us in this wordy oasis!
    This week Gyles and Susie will be remembering enough forgotten words to keep you thinking today, tomorrow and over-morrow. If you're fond of procrastination, or even a bit of perendination, never fear we'll be here whatever day of the week you like to listen.
    Gyles wonders if his hallux makes him a secret royal, takes pride in his glabrous visage and wonders where in the body the uvula is. Meanwhile, Susie explains why the philtrum and the omphalos are as precious to mammals as they were to Ancient Greeks, tells us why your caruncle may be bigger when you're tired and generally gives us the ultimate anatomy class according to an etymologist.
    We also answer some purple mail about poodle-fakers, pagans and pedipulation!
    A Somethin’ Else production
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.
    Susies trio:
    Bucklebuster- a line in a play or book or comedy that makes you laugh out loud
    Sequaciousness- the slalavish following of another, even to extreme ends
    Whithering and Wuthering- move with great force or to buffet like the wind 

  • Gyles and Susie are sticking to their New Years Resolutions and really getting out of their comfort zone this week as they focus their etymological microscope on the world of science and chemistry… so expect lots of head-scratching from our hosts as they attempt to decode the periodic table with the help from Greek gods, cockerels and silver mines.
    Today’s journey of discovery will also encounter the life and achievements of Robert Bunsen, how sacrificial goats gave us pharmacies and if that wasn’t enough, Gyles will be serenading us too!
    A Somethin’ Else production
    If you would like to get in touch with Gyles and Susie with any questions, please email purple@somethinelse.com.
    Trio 
    Scribacious - having the tendency to write a lot or too much.
    Twankle - To play idly on a musical instrument 
    Lucubration - Nocturnal study or meditation

  • Calling all cruciverbalists! Susie and Gyles have a treat in store for you as they deep-dive into the most popular word game around: the Crossword. 

    Since its creation 108 years ago, the crossword has transfixed millions on both sides of the Atlantic and the charm of this game has worked its way into literature, fashion, film - even the Royals are known to be fans! 

    In today’s episode, come be a sleuth(hound) and see if you can outwit Topsy Turvy Roast Mules or a kissing monkey as our very own hosts go head-to-head with the most devilish cryptic clues around. Will an anagram, an envelopment or a web developer be enough to catch either of our two superb wordsmith hosts out?

    A Somethin’ Else production.

    If you have a crossword clue that would baffle Torquemada himself, then Gyles and Susie want to hear it! Please email purple@somethinelse.com.

    Trio 
    Explaterate - To talk continuously without stopping
    Nyctalopia - Poor vision in low light
    Nuppence - To have no money

  • Take a seat, recline if you’d like or perhaps, even lie down because this week Susie and Gyles are going to be exploring the wonderful wordy world of furniture. Do you know your Chaise Lounge from your Divan? The Chesterfield from the Sedan? Get ready to be paraded around on a litter and discover why the secretaire is full of secrets, why bankruptcy ended in smashed benches and how a day-to-day bodily function named one of our most trusted household items… A Somethin’ Else production If you have any wordy wonderings or linguistical lamentations you’d like to ask to Susie and Gyles, you can get in touch by emailing purple@somethinelse.com Susie’s Trio: - Testiculating - talk bollocks while waving your hands around - Groaking - Stare longingly at someone else’s food. - Cover-slut - item of clothing to hide any unsightly blemishes.

  • Hello and Happy New Year! This first week of January we are reacquainting ourselves with you lovely Purple People and replying to some of the questions, queries and quibbles that you’ve emailed in. From pelmanism to punters, from Guinness to Mustard we’ll be finding out whether a spendthrift is thrifty or spendy, and examining why you’d rather not go gallivanting with a gallant, even if he claims to be a gentleman. Susie and Gyles also get a bit European (ooh la la), explaining why it’s rather gauche to call a woman zaftig, and recapitulate why one must always capitulate to an offer of poitín. If you'd like to hear Susie and Gyles answer your etymological inquiries then you can get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com. A Somethin’ Else production. Susie’s Trio: Flarnecking- vulgarly flaunt something January- the month of Janus, the Roman God who presided over doors and new beginnings Rogitation- to ask the same question over and over again.

  • Merry Christmas, a Festive Merrineum and a Happy New Year! It is the end of 2020; a year full of covidiots, royal viruses and quaranteenies. This week’s episode has everything you need to get you through to the New Year. We kick off with the bare facts and the naked truth about Christmas cracker jokes, Gyles then puts Susie through her paces with some tricksy word games you too can enjoy at home, before we round up our SRWP Words of the Year for 2020. So get your pen and paper at the ready as Susie demonstrates why donkeys are a lexicographer’s worst nightmare and we revel in the words that have made us tingle with linguosity this year. A Somethin’ Else production. If you want to get in touch with Susie and Gyles to ask any questions, you can get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com. In “unprecedented times” we at Something Rhymes With Purple are immensely grateful to you, our listeners, for the year we’ve had. As Gyles has already said an exuberant “cheers!” to you a thousand different ways, we’ll just leave you with... Susie’s Trio: Belgard- a loving look, an amorous glance. Linguosity- a pleasure in using words, perhaps a little bit too much! Beblubbed- having swollen eyes from too much crying “Don’t be so beblubbed, respair is round the corner.” Happy holidays!

  • This week we are on an absolute rampage, alleviating boredom and staving off the Scrooge in the news as we acquaint ourselves with that master wordsmith, Charles Dickens. Gyles gives us a salacious biography and Susie demonstrates her aptitude for a career in talking books. Keep a tight grip on your podcatcher Butterfingers because we’ve got your number and promise book recommendations so perfect for a Christmas cloff, that it’s sure to give you the creeps… A Somethin’ Else production If you want to get in touch with Susie and Gyles to ask any questions, you can get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com. Susie's Trio: Scurryfunge- the mad dash around the house to tidy up just before visitors arrive. confelicity- joy in other peopls happiness. sockdolager- the final blow in an argument that settles the matter.

  • Get wrapped up in your cosiest cashmeres and grab a glass of velvety vino and if you haven’t cottoned on already, today we’re going to be discussing textiles and fabrics. Susie and Gyles will weave their way through our wardrobes discussing our silks to our satins. Through the world of fabric we’ll discover many things and lots of stuff as well as finding out what links taffetas and tabby cats, and why the best togas are always the most succinct. A Somethin’ Else production If you want to get in touch with Susie and Gyles to ask any questions, you can get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com. Susie’s Trio: Firefang - scorched Bilbo - sword of exceptional quality ‘-sby’ - suffix added to describe a person by their character trait. e.g. A rudesby is rude, an idlesby is idle, a sneaksby is sneaky.

  • This episode may not be suitable for younger listeners. Parental discretion is advised. This week we’ll be boinking, bonking, and banging our way through baby-making and its associated lexicon. Whether you prefer to make the beast with two backs or shake off the sheets, we Purple People aren’t here to judge. Gyles tells a fun buddy story from the ‘60s and Susie serves a decisive judgement on why you’d rather be Aphrodite than Venus. We’ll also be dropping F-bombs, developing an aversion to crumpets and discussing why Missionary life wasn’t for everyone… A Somethin’ Else production. If you want to get in touch with Susie and Gyles it’s purple@somethinelse.com Susie’s Trio Thankworthy- worthy of thanks or gratitude, meritorious. Concupiscence- strong sexual desire; lust. Microlipet- someone who gets all worked up about trivial things.

  • Suffering from a festive cold or a flu? Susie and Gyles have some (questionable) remedies for you! Come delve into the wondrous (and often disgusting) world of potions and lotions on this week’s episode of Something Rhymes with Purple. Involving witchcraft, and Kings and Quacks, as we ‘gild the pill’ with the ‘hair of the dog’, all taken, of course, with a healthy ‘pinch of salt’. We’ll also weave a tarantella through some infamous incidents of poisonous foul-play which piques Gyles’ fascination and leads him to ponder some rather murderous logistics… A Somethin’ Else production. If you want to get in touch with Susie and Gyles it’s purple@somethinelse.com. Susie’s Trio: Snit - glowing part of candle wick after it’s blown out Snirtle - a suppressed laugh Roorback - false and damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office.

  • This week, Susie and Gyles are reporting on the names and origins of London Town - of England, Europe, The World, The Universe. Come wind through the streets of Susie’s old hangout in Soho discovering its connection to battle cries and the history of germ theory, we’ll then take the Tube north to see how bishops and cottages birthed the names of some beautiful spots in North London. Gyles will then act as lead guide as he tours us through his past haunts in West London and South of the river where the lambs of Lambeth, the Warriors of Barnes and the chalk of Chelsea all are remembered to this day. This Black Friday (27th December) get 20% off Something Rhymes with Purple Merchandise. Go to purple.backstreetmerch.com and enter ‘Purple20’ at checkout. A Somethin’ Else production Susie and Gyles want to explore further afield, so send in your questions or discoveries of fascinating (and amusing) place names around the country and world for them to visit in their next episode on place names. You can get in touch at purple@somethinelse.com Susie’s Trio: Parvanimity - Being of an inferior or ignoble mind Sumph - a soft, stupid fellow Merry-go-down - a sip of strong ale.

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  • Oh the Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten-thousand men… but was his son a Marquis or a Marquess? To find out, join us under the marquee as Gyles and Susie climb the etymological pecking order this week, giving lovers of Downtown Abbey a look at why a Butler serving breakfast might be cause for concern. Gyles has a hoity toity anecdote, and Susie demands justice for the hussy and the villain. But if an Earl can be churlish, can a Churl be... earlish? We want to hear from you! If you are a Bootboy with a bone to pick, a Beefeater with a bad reputation or generally have a bugbear about our understanding of aristocracy, write in and let us know: purple@somethinelse.com A Somethin’ Else production. Susie’s Trio: Pinchfart - A Miser, a person who hoards wealth and spends as little money as possible. Bafflegab - incomprehensible or pretentious verbiage, especially bureaucratic jargon, that confuses more than it clarifies. Kvelling - bursting with pride or satisfaction.

  • Little Strings, Little Tongues and Butterflies… what could Gyles and Susie pasta-bly be talking about?! In this episode we’ll be lobbing a bunch of pasta terms at the wall to see what sticks. We start by delving into ancient myths and legends to unearth pasta’s beginnings, Susie takes us on a trip to a brothel to serve up one of the most delicious spaghetti dishes of today, and Gyles shares his favourite pasta dish which comes with a little bit of apricity much to his delight. A Somethin’ Else production This week we want YOUR terms for ‘the feeling of disappointment when you go to have a sip of coffee only to find out it’s all gone’ (even though you were SURE there was some left)… get creative and let us know: purple@somethinelse.com Susie’s Trio: Paraph - The flourish on a signature Paralipsis - Drawing attention to something when pretending not to Elozable - amenable to flattery.

  • This week we’re counting our blessings and saying our prayers as we take a look at the tales behind some of the patron saints and their language. From martyrs to miracles and from sanctity to sanctuary we unpick the blessed language of those who have been canonised. But if all that sounds a bit holier-than-thou, don’t worry because there’s still plenty of time to enjoy idio-repulsive belfies, tuck into a cannon of beef, and find out why you might not want to find yourself needing to pray to St Julian the Hospitaller. A Somethin’ Else production. Susie’s trio: Drachenfutter - a gift given to a partner in order to appease them Poronkusema - an old Finnish measurement based on the distance a reindeer can travel before needing a comfort break Lagom - (Swedish) just the right amount If you want to get in touch with us please do: purple@somethinelse.com.