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Susie Dent

A lexicographer who has appeared on Channel 4’s Countdown in Dictionary Corner since 1992, Susie Dent was born on 21 September, 1967 in Woking, Surrey. She studied modern languages at university and then studied for a Masters in German.

A vegetarian who has written many books about language, Susie is married with two children and worked for Oxford University Press as an editorial director before finding her home on Countdown.


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  • What Made the Crocodile Cry?

    Susie Dent

    Product Code: AHHTD
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    The Blackout Crew have a song with the title 'Put a donk on it' - but what is a 'donk'? Which ending came first: '-ise' or '-ize'? Where does the idea of a 'white elephant' come from? Who decides on the collective noun for something? And what is it that made the crocodile cry? Sparkling with insight and linguistic curiosity, this delightful compendium answers 101 of the most intriguing questions about the English language, from word origins and spelling to grammar and usage. Irresistible to anyone with an interest in the words around them. Supported by Oxford's celebrated dictionary research programme, Susie Dent tackles these and many other fascinating questions in this wonderfully accessible and endlessly entertaining exploration of the English language.
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  • How to Talk Like a Local

    Susie Dent

    Product Code: AAWQA
    Paperback
    Would you be bewildered if someone described you as radgy? Do you know how to recognise a tittamatorter? And would you understand if someone called you a culchie? "How to Talk Like a Local" gathers together hundreds of words from all over the country and digs down to uncover their origins. From dardledumdue, which means daydreamer in East Anglia, through forkin robbins, the Yorkshire term for earwigs, to clemt, a Lancashire word that means hungry, it investigates an astonishingly rich variety of regional expressions, and provides a fascinating insight into the history of the English language. If you're intrigued by colourful words and phrases, if you're interested in how English is really spoken, or if you simply want to find out a bit more about the development of our language, "How to Talk Like a Local" is irresistible - and enlightening - reading.
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