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Something Rhymes with Purple


Something Rhymes with Purple
Something Rhymes with Purple
Happy New Year, Purple People! We're kicking off 2024 by flicking through the pages of Gyles book' 'Word Play'. Join us and join in as we unpack and explore odd and unusual words in the English language.

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Enjoy Susie’s Trio for the week: 

Gorgonize: To have a mesmerising effect on someone

Lethophobia: The fear of oblivion.

Grubbling: Fumbling about in your bag or pocket in order to find something.

Gyles' poem this week was 'Tarantella' by Hilaire Belloc

Do you remember an Inn,


Do you remember an Inn?

And the tedding and the spreading

Of the straw for a bedding,

And the fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees,

And the wine that tasted of tar?

And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers

(Under the vine of the dark verandah)?

Do you remember an Inn, Miranda,

Do you remember an Inn?

And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteeers

Who hadn't got a penny,

And who weren't paying any,

And the hammer at the doors and the Din?

And the Hip! Hop! Hap!

Of the clap

Of the hands to the twirl and the swirl

Of the girl gone chancing,



Backing and advancing,

Snapping of a clapper to the spin

Out and in --

And the Ting, Tong, Tang, of the Guitar.

Do you remember an Inn,


Do you remember an Inn?

Never more;


Never more.

Only the high peaks hoar:

And Aragon a torrent at the door.

No sound

In the walls of the Halls where falls

The tread

Of the feet of the dead to the ground

No sound:

But the boom

Of the far Waterfall like Doom.

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