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How do words work?

How do words work?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

An evening of conversation, ideas and entertainment, new and exclusively for Tortoise members. 

English: one language with a billion native speakers and countless ways to speak it.

There are about 600,000 words in the English language, and yet finding the right words for the perfect situation or emotion can be difficult – especially as language changes and words and their meanings evolve. The right words can summon powerful emotions, bring down governments or inspire generations – so why do we get them wrong so often? 

Join us for a ThinkIn with Susie Dent, author, lexicographer extraordinaire, and Queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner as we find the right words for the right time, covering any emotional, political, or social situation. 

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Deputy Editor

Susie Dent
Author, English lexicographer, etymologist, and media personality