Queen of Dictionary Corner Susie Dent kicks off first-ever tour at King's Hall, Ilkley

Sit back and listen as Susie tells of the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain oddities such as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled).

She will help 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 if you wondered!). You will also hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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, as well as 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’.

‘Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words’ Pam Ayres

‘Funny, fact-filled and delightful’ Jonathan Ross

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