Transcripts (9)


Something Rhymes with Purple

  • 19 days ago
  • 33:23

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.comA 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   See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Something Rhymes with Purple

  • 26 days ago
  • 35:10

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 productionThis 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.comSusie’s Trio: Paraph - The flourish on a signature Paralipsis - Drawing attention to something when pretending not toElozable - amenable to flattery   See for privacy and opt-out information.


Something Rhymes with Purple

  • about 1 month ago
  • 36:49

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 themPoronkusema - an old Finnish measurement based on the distance a reindeer can travel before needing a comfort breakLagom - (Swedish) just the right amountIf you want to get in touch with us please do:   See for privacy and opt-out information.


Something Rhymes with Purple

  • about 2 months ago
  • 40:32

This week we’re heading back to school to discuss beaks, divs, rostrums, and to get to the bottom of why UK public schools don’t seem very open to the public. We discuss the benefits of an encyclopaedia education, why school is actually a leisure activity, and we debate whether it’s skiving, bunking, or playing hooky. Away from the classroom there’s lots of reminiscing about favourite school-related books and tv shows, and some rather grand claims to fame from both Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson.As always, Susie sets her three-word homework for us and Gyles reveals some bizarre morning rituals from his own schooldays.A Somethin’ Else productionSusie’s trioPoppinoddles - a Cumbrian term for a roly polyNix - an instruction to stop talking because someone is comingDuck’s dive - another phrase for skimming stones  See for privacy and opt-out information.


Something Rhymes with Purple

  • about 2 months ago
  • 42:44

P-p-p-p-p-ick up a podcast… and join us as we spill the tea (both figuratively and literally) and get busy dunking biscuits into our brew. From the Wagon Wheel to the Jammie Dodger, Susie and Gyles unpick the fascinating stories behind the names of our favourite twice-baked treats, as well as finding a little time to reveal their desert island biscuits… and quite how many they can eat in one sitting. There’s lots to digest as we learn about hobnobbing Italian Generals rubbing shoulders with flightless birds in a nice French town. And Susie reveals why she steers clear of candles on a first date… Later in the programme Gyles has a poem to get us through the darker days, Susie has her timely trio, and we get the chance to answer your myriad of questions including ones about jiffles and strops. A Somethin’ Else production.Susie’s trio:Bitching the pot - pouring the teaGwick - to make a loud swallowing noiseOmnistrain - the stress of trying to cope with everything in life  See for privacy and opt-out information.