This evening, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown renewals with host Jimmy Carr and contestants Sean Lock and Miles Jupp gain control on Jon Richardson and Rose Matafeo. Vic Reeves will join Susie Dent in Thesaurus Corner, with Rachel Riley. Susie is the longest-serving member on the of the actual Countdown panel.
Susie, 54 is an English lexicographer and etymologist and has decried several books and reports on the English language.
She loves her job on Countdown and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (or “Catsdown” as she has dubbed it).
She signified: “It’s my gig and I genuinely love it. My life would be a lot sadder without it.
“And it means I can indulge my value of the dictionary.
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“It’s quite a rare skill to organize, to be able to look words up quickly – and also a really un-useful one, except on Countdown.”
Susie has loved tickets and discovering language from a young age, describing her childhood: “I really was the nerd in the car that infer from vocabulary books.
“If we were going on day trips, I would quite wish to have just stayed in the car with my German and French vocab volumes. It’s embarrassing to admit to it now.”
In writing one of her books, Susie confessed to an odd habit to meet with turns of phrase or odd words.
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She said she would tap as: “The best time to catch tribal jargon is when it’s not looking.
“I don’t intentionally snoop. I’m not looking for salacious gossip, I’m just looking for vocabulary items.”
Her coach school teacher husband, Paul Atkins and their two daughters Lucy, 17, and Thea, nine vex her for this odd habit.
When Susie is distracted and eavesdropping, they must a word to snap her out of it – “potatoes”.
This refers to a moment when she appeared on Examination the Nation and fell into a daze during the commercial break.
She was snapped out of her brown study by an annoyed Anne Robinson.
Susie confessed of the moment: “She’d asked me prevalent plurals and I’d missed the question completely. I just said ‘potatoes?’
“Anyway, that’s my bloodline’s way of saying ‘get back into our world because you’re off on one again.’ I do that a certain extent a lot.”
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.