Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words at Strode Theatre

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About this event:

Created by Dean Mortlock

Strode Theatre, Street

Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly. 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 a scurryfunge). 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.

Susie will include favourite words from around Somerset, 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’.

“Funny, fact-filled and delightful” Jonathan Ross.

“Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words” Pam Ayres

STREET – Strode Theatre
May 15 / 7.30pm
£20.50