Gerry & Dave Interview Susie Dent

A lot of people go travelling – you might go to Europe (before the Brexit apocolypse!), you might go travelling to America or Asia, but how many people go to Dictionary Corner?

Well, that’s where our intrepid explorers Gerry & Dave went when they went to interview Countdown’s Susie Dent.

Susie recently celebrated 25 years as the resident word expert on C4’s Countdown, and also appears on the show’s comedy sister 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. She has made guest appearances on many TV programmes including BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, This Morning, Test the Nation, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Not Going Out (in a swimsuit), and The One Show…few!

She is an English lexicographer and etymologist…basically that’s someone that tells you what words you should done.

Words like these:

  1. Pandiculation – This is what happens when you wake up in the morning and stretch. It also describes that wonderful, or terrible, combination of being extremely sleepy, stretching and yawning at the same time.
  2. Cattywampus – referring to something that is in disarray, askew, or something that isn’t directly across from something.
  3. Abibliophobia – someone who is afraid of running out of things to read.

However, for all of her mastery of language Susie isn’t afraid to admit that she’s not the most knowledgeable when it comes to computing. A new study reveals almost half of UK parents admit they find it hard to help their children with their computing homework.


As technology advances at a rapid pace and regardless of the fact that coding has been on the national curriculum since 2014, the research from Anki, has revealed that only one in five parents know how to code, making most parents ill-equipped to help their children with their homework.

Which is odd when you think about it – it really puts an odd twist on Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old. But the real question is, ‘what can we do about it’?

Gerry & Dave are definitely not smarter than a 10 year old…and that’s combining both of them together. So, there was a lot to wrap their heads around. But, as you can imagine, there was also a lot of silliness in between.