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Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words

  • Where:
    The Lights, West Street, Andover, SP10 1AH
  • When:
    8 October to 9 October
    7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • How much:
    Ticket:£20 Pullman Ticket:£21
  • Contact:
    01264 368368
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Music & Spoken Word
Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words
Lexicographer - Best Selling Author – 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.

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