Susie Dent (born 21
September 1967 in Woking, Surrey) is an
English lexicographer, best
known as the resident dictionary expert and adjudicator on Channel 4’s long-running game show Countdown.
As of January
, she is the
longest serving member of the on-screen team, having first appeared
on the show in 1992
Dent was educated at the Marist Convent in Ascot
. She subsequently studied Modern Languages at
College, Oxford and German at
University, USA, after which she worked as a language teacher
in the United
States and for a German publisher
before going to work for the Oxford University Press
She now works as a writer and contributor to
discussions of language issues and words in the news: the
column in the UK MSN Encarta
online encyclopedia site is one of these.
From 2003 to 2007 she was the author of a series of annual
OUP. The first was entitled simply The Language Report
was followed by Larpers and Shroomers
(2005), The Like, Language Report for
(2006) and The Language Report: English on the Move
2000 - 2007
(2007). The format of this publication was revised
for 2008 as an A-Z collection of new and newly resurrected words.
It was published in October 2008 as Words of the Year
October 2009, OUP will publish her latest work: What Made The
Crocodile Cry? 101 Questions about the English
. Dent's book about dialects, How to Talk Like a
, is scheduled for publication in March 2010.
Countdown on Channel 4
Dent has appeared on Countdown
for over 16 years, having
made over 2,000 appearances. Although the first of these was in
(series 24), it was only in 2003
(series 49) that she took on her role full-time.
She became a close friend of Carol
who was one of the show's presenters until 2008. In
his memoir, Himoff!
presenter, Richard Whiteley
testified to Susie's overwhelming popularity with viewers.
As well as her native English
is fluent in French
. She lives in Oxford with her
husband, Paul, and her daughters, Lucy, born on 11 February 2000,
and Thea, born on 22 October 2007.