Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words
Lexicographer - Best Selling Author – Queen of Dictionary Corner
Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
Fri 25 March 2022
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).
Age Recommendation: 16+ / Under 16s at parent/guardian's discretion. Contains a section on swear words.
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