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Episode 5

Episode 5 of 6

Lloyd Langford, Holly Walsh, Paul Sinha and Natalie Haynes in Gyles Brandreth's word-obsessed comedy panel game. From 2014.

Stand up comedians Lloyd Langford, Holly Walsh and Paul Sinha and novelist and classicist Natalie Haynes join chair Gyles Brandreth for the panel game for word fans.

Today's Letter of the week is the sinuous letter 'S'. Lloyd Langford has to work out what the Victorian term 'Smothering a parrot' meant. Natalie Haynes works out what a 'Saint Giles Carpet' was. Holly Walsh works out what she'd be doing in the 1700s if she were to ride on 'Shank's mare'. And Paul Sinha works out what a 'spermologer' is.

In a round about portmanteau words Natalie is asked what a 'chork' is; Holly a 'geep'; Paul 'smirting' and Lloyd a 'flexitarian'.

Next the panellists are asked to guess the meaning of some foreign words which have no direct equivalent in English. Lloyd tries to guess the meaning of the Central American word 'chaquetero' and Holly works out what the Chilean phrase 'pagar el piso' means.

The panel then try and ban the words which drive them most mad including 'foodie' and 'chillax'.

Finally they try and decipher what the long-forgotten words from the early 1600s are: 'mulct','matrixe', 'pistated' and 'obnubilate'.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle.
Producer: Claire Jones.

30 minutes



Role Contributor
Presenter Gyles Brandreth
Panellist Lloyd Langford
Panellist Holly Walsh
Panellist Paul Sinha
Panellist Natalie Haynes
Writer Jon Hunter
Writer James Kettle
Producer Claire Jones


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