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Potluck! & Discussion of Word by Word by Kory Stamper
Let's celebrate 5 years as a club & have an evening of feasting and fun as we discuss this month's book! Bring a dessert, an app, and/or some drinks and join us in the pool! Kids welcome as well. Thank you to Luisa and her husband for graciously hosting. =) "'We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don’t want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned electrical sockets.' With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage. Filled with fun facts—for example, the first documented usage of “OMG” was in a letter to Winston Churchill—and Stamper’s own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America’s foremost “irregardless” apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language." It is recommended that you come having read the book in its entirety, but please do not be discouraged if you cannot finish! As always, snacks and friends are very welcome. Hope to see you there!

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We are an enthusiastic group of readers who enjoy interesting discussion on characters, themes, and the world views of authors and directors alike. We usually take a month per book and film, but occasionally will extend that based on the length of the book. It is recommended that you come to the meeting having read and watched completely, but please do not feel discouraged if you do not finish in time. Your presence and input is still welcome, though you will need to be prepared for spoilers! We meet in Syosset and sometimes Huntington. Please feel free to contact Sarah Scarnato for more information at (917) 442-7461. We love new members and their friends!

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