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First, a reminder: Book Club is always held on the last Wednesday of each month. Somehow, Meetup has had some glitches where it shifts the date around. Our selection for January's book club is Our Magnificent Bastard Language by John McWhorter. "A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar "Why do we say 'I am reading a catalog' instead of 'I read a catalog'? Why do we say 'do' at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Language distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history. "Covering such turning points as the little-known Celtic and Welsh influences on English, the impact of the Viking raids and the Norman Conquest, and the Germanic invasions that started it all during the fifth-century CE, John McWhorter narrates this colorful evolution with vigor. Drawing on revolutionary genetic and linguistic research as well as a cache of remarkable trivia about the origins of English words and syntax patterns, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue ultimately demonstrates the arbitrary, maddening nature of English— and its ironic simplicity due to its role as a streamlined lingua franca during the early formation of Britain. This is the book that language aficionados worldwide have been waiting for (and no, it’s not a sin to end a sentence with a preposition)."
Our monthly Sunday morning get together for some light fare ... and whatever else anyone may bring. Diana and I provide the coffee, tea, and a selection of bagels (sorry, these ain't like you get in New York) while you, our guests, provide the stimulating conversation.
Join us at Liquid Alchemy Beverages (L.A.B) for great discussion and a few drinks. Liquid Alchemy Beverages is Delaware's one and only producer of award-winning hand crafted meads (honey-based wines) and hard ciders. They use all locally sourced honey and apples as the base for their products but then add modern technology, old world techniques and a unique combination of fresh fruits and spices to create a truly special drinking experience. The owners are really awesome and welcoming! Location: L.A.B has a funky-industrial inspired decor that includes drinking artifacts all the way back to Medieval times. There is an outdoor seating area and barrel tables inside. Parking: They have a wonderful but small parking lot to the left side of the building. There is also "Hurlock Roofing (26) and All-In-One Transportation (30-32) that allow L.A.B customers to park on their property. Other Brookside Drive properties may have "Do not park" signs and please avoid these properties as they will tow.
We are looking at many books right now and hope to be able to have a title soon (at which time I will edit this post). We have been reading "Enlightenment Now" by Steven Pinker, and none of us are entirely done as it's a fantastic book but just so packed with great information. So it is possible that we may continue reading it, especially if we can not decide on a new selection. https://www.amazon.com/Enlightenment-Now-Science-Humanism-Progress/dp/0525427570