15 September 2024, 2pm

Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words

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).

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Age Recommendation
Suitable for all ages, however this show is aimed at an teen/adult audience.

Dates and Times

15 September, 2pm

Running Time

2 hours & 10minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last minute programme changes, intervals and encores.



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