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Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words

Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words
Start Date: 15 January 2020
Start Time: 7.30pm
End Date: 15 January 2020

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Susie Dent - Lexicographer, Best Selling Author and Queen of Dictionary Corner.

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' (and yes, you really can be 'gruntled').

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.

The evening will also 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’.

"Wonderfully clever and funny... a national treasury from a national treasure" - Richard Osman.

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Disclaimer: Susie explores the many meanings and origins of everyday words including a short section on swearing. Some may view it as unsuitable for the younger ears.

Tickets: £23. Available from the website above.

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