Nigel McIntyre by arrangement with Gareth Watson presents

Susie dent presents



life of words

- Lexicographer -

- Best Selling Author -

- Queen of Dictionary Corner -

new tour

dates for 2019

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, 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 own ‘word surgery’.

new tour dates for 2019

Wed 01 May  -  LEEDS – City Varieties Music Hall

Thu  02 May  -  SOUTHPORT – The Atkinson

Wed 15 May  -  STREET – Strode Theatre

Tue 11 June  -  SALFORD – Lowry Theatre

Wed 12 June  -  DURHAM – Gala Theatre

Tue 02 July  -  MILTON KEYNES – The Stables

Wed 03 July  -  BASINGSTOKE – The Haymarket

Tue 09 July  -  BROMSGROVE – Artrix

Wed 10 July  -  SHREWSBURY – Theatre Severn

Tue 16 July  -  CARDIFF – Sherman Theatre

Mon 22 July  -  BRISTOL – Redgrave Theatre