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Break Ups and Brexit

Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright consider the language of break ups, with Zoe Strimpel of the University of Sussex and author and journalist Sam Leith.

How do you find the right words to make- or break- a personal relationship? Or to leave a political union, for that matter? To consider the clich├ęs and coinages used to negotiate matters of the heart by everyone from novelist Edith Wharton to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Rosen & linguist Dr. Laura Wright are joined by Zoe Strimpel of the University of Sussex. Also, in the aftermath of the UK's EU Referendum, author & journalist Sam Leith riffs on the term 'Brexit' and the infectious wordplay it spawned. Producer Kirsty McQuire.

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