Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words

Part of Chester Literature Festival Running from
Next event: Saturday 6 November 2021 at 7.30pm
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Part of: Chester Literature Festival

Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words has been postponed until 6 November 2021. All bookers have been contacted by email with more information. If you have a ticket for this event but have not heard from us yet, please click here.

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 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’.

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Reviews

Funny, fact-filled and delightful
Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure
Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words

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