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Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words

Connaught Theatre

2 hours

Live Events > Talks

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The Queen of Dictionary Corner takes to the road

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

Please Note There is a section of the show about the etymology of swear words and for that reason, under 16's are admitted at parent/guardians discretion.

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Sat 30th Apr 20227:30 pm

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Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Nearby

We are opposite Worthing Royal Mail Delivery Office, behind The Three Fishes Wetherspoons - next to Worthing NCP Car Park.

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Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Nearest Train Station

Worthing (WRH) station is 10 minutes walk away (0.5 miles). You can book train tickets and find access information on the National Rail website.

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Nearest Bus Stops

South Street (Stops J, K, L and M), Worthing, BN11 3AW are 4 minutes walk away (0.2 miles). For bus times and tickets please visit the Stagecoach website or call Travelline.

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Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Nearest Car Parks

Worthing NCP Car Park (BN11 1LG) is next to the venue. As a guide - up to 3 hours approx. £3.80, or night rate (6pm to 6am) approx. £3.40

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Worthing High Street Multi-storey Car Park (BN11 1NY), above the Guildbourne Centre, is 4 minutes walk away (0.2 miles). As a guide - up to 3 hours approx. £3.60, or Sunday rate approx. £3 for the whole day.

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Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Drop Off / Pick Up

You can park immediately outside the Connaught Theatre for a few minutes to load or unload passengers. This will likely block the road and the Royal Mail Depot - so please move your vehicle promptly.

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Nearest Coach Park

The Lido, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QJ is 8 minutes walk away (0.4 miles). There are numerous coach parking spaces along Marine Parade.

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Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Bicycle Parking

Traditional bike stands are available just outside the Connaught Studio. These are uncovered and unmonitored - left at owners risk.

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All WTM venues have step free access. Allocated wheelchair user spaces and assistance dog spaces are available at most events, these must be booked via WTM Box Office for events within an auditorium. Hearing Assistance is available in all of our venues using an Infrared system. Audio description is available for most films. These services are available free of charge, please enquire on arrival at the venue. For more information or to discuss your access requirements before your visit, please visit our access page.