King's Hall Ilkley
17 September 2018

Susie Dent brings The Secret Lives of Words to Ilkley as part of her first UK tour

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King's Hall Ilkley

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*Prices inclusive of booking fees: Phone/Counter - £1 per ticket plus postage charge where applicable. Online - £1.50 per ticket plus £1 per transaction for postage. Please note, concessions may not be available on every performance.

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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’.

'Funny, fact-filled and delightful' Jonathan Ross

'Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure' Richard Osman

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

 

Discounts

Bradford Theatres Friends

£2.50 off two tickets 

Boxes (seat 4)

£78 

Please note that all discounts are subject to availability. T&C’s apply.

To book a lounge or box, wheelchair position, or for an access assisted performance (captioned, audio described, signed) where applicable, please contact the box office on 01274 432000.

For groups of 20+ please contact 01274 437788. Maximum of 10 tickets for this event can be booked online.

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