Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:00pm


University of Winchester
Stripe Auditorium
Sparkford Road
S022 4NR
United Kingdom


The English Project presents its annual English Language Day lecture:

                 ‘Women and the English Language: A Conversation with Susie Dent’

A dialogue with Susie Dent, one of England’s greatest lexicographers, will explore the way in which women use the English language and in which the English language uses women. Questions will be put to Susie by the English Project and the audience.  Come armed with questions.

In 1918, the British granted votes for the first time to women. In 2018, the Centennial year of that event, the English Project has been reflecting on women and the English language.

The lecture, which begins at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm) is free, but you will need to register.

Registration will be by way of a website, yet to be announced here.


Susie Dent is a leading English-language lexicographer, best known as the resident dictionary expert and adjudicator on Channel 4’s long-running game show Countdown. From 2003 to 2007 she was the author of a series of annual Language Reports for the Oxford University Press. In October 2008, she published Words of the Year and, in October 2009, What Made the Crocodile Cry? 101 Questions about the English Language. How to Talk Like a Local: From Cockney to Geordie appeared in 2008, Susie Dent's Weird Words in 2013., and Dent's Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain in 2017.  She also appears on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, a late-night comedy version of the show presented by comedian Jimmy Carr.


English Language Day. On 13 October 1362, a Westminster Parliament was convened that approved a Statute of Pleading that permitted the use of the English language in Parliament on the grounds that French was ‘much unknown’ in England. The Normans, Angevins and Plantagenets had up to that time ruled England in French. Then English was a forbidden and a despised language, but 13 October 1362 saw English on its way to becoming the twenty-first century’s Global Language. For more on this and much else related, read the English Project’s History of the English Language in 100 Places by Bill Lucas and Christopher Mulvey.

Susie Dent