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image for Talk item typeSusie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words at Sherman Theatre

Talk, Tue 16 Jul 2019, £22

Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words

Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words

Details

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.

Each 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’.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toilets

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 16 Jul 2019 19:30

Prices

Ticket Price: 22.00.

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Address

Senghennydd Road,
Cardiff,
CF24 4YE

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Map reference: ST 184772  Lat: 51.48783 Long: -3.17663

From M4 East (Junction 29 A48) or M4 West (Junction 32) follow signs to the City Centre on the A470 (North Road). Pass the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and turn left onto Boulevard de Nantes. Turn first left onto Park Place and then first right onto St Andrews Place. Senghennydd Road is the second left (after the bridge).

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets