WTF is this shit? I keep hearing people say "book club" not "a book club," just "book club," like "school."
I just got back from Fest and I'm so tired I'm afraid I'll wind up in hospital!
Sounds fine to me.
Aren't there more pressing concerns in your life than an alleged missing indefinite article?
OP, would you say "I have school today" or "I have a school today?"
Yes, r4, I'm aware of that. However, we don't say, "go to hospital." "Book Club" sounds retarded. It's not a proper noun.
People in book clubs don't read, so I am not surprised they don't know how to speak.
What if you belonged to more than one book club?
It just sounds so wrong to say "I have a book club tonight." I say "I have chess club tonight".
If you have more than one book club then YES, "a book club" is appropriate. If just one, "book club" sounds fine.
"Book Club" is code for half-price night for Twinks at the Baths. I do my best reading there on that night.
"I have book club tonight."
Sorry, that's idiotic.
What's "book club," the new "Fight Club"??
This thread give me headache.
off to hospital!
I go to university in the city.
Haha, I actually noticed this too. Especially women saying "at book club," "we're reading X for book club," "I'm excited for book club," and most regularly heard -- "I haven't read the book for book club." I think it would be more proper to always specify "my book club" as there are many book clubs in the United States and world and not one sole book club. That is why it sounds incorrect.
I'm on set.
r15. that's akin to my hs girlfriend's practice of referring to her mother simply as "Mother" rather than "my mother.". we all thought that rather la-de-day for a dyke from Cuyler Ave.
Tell me more about the dyke from Cuyler Ave.
It is like school, OP...it's a group, so why wouldn't anyone leave off the "the" prefix?
It's also awful...listening to pretentious jerks go on about some stupid novel is painful.
R19 - school is an exception. We don't say: "I'm going to office," "I have to pick up a few things at grocery store," "I need to return my books to library," "Tomorrow morning I'm working out at gym," "I have to go to Parent Teacher conference next week," "I need to get my mail from post office."
I guess we do say "I'm going to church." Maybe because church and school are kind of more concepts as well as places? I don't know. I just find not using an article in front of book club to be silly and affected.
Get a life, OP.
I don't like "book club" (instead of "a book club meeting") because it represents the type of people who use it or would use it. By using "book club" alone one encapsulates much of what one is with two words rather than the book it would take others.
I used to work for a firm quite a few years ago where people would say or write just "management committee". So, it would be "I'm missing management committee today" or "When is management committee?" No, you're not missing management committee; if you were, you'd be missing the members in their entirety rather than missing a meeting.
" Book Club" is a current euphemism of " Bareback Orgy." I though you knew that, OP.
better than bible study.
Don't eat the donuts.
Is it Joy Luck Club at Book Club this week?
Try that bullshit with Fight Club, OP, and you're gonna be eating your meals through a straw.
And The Mickey Mouse Club. Yum!
College students also say "I have class" rather than "I have a class."
I'm going to gym class, play practice, prom (in some regions), piano lessons, chess club (as some earlier said), study hall, showtune night, orchestra rehearsal, etc. it doesn't seem all that anomalous, OP.
Going to tha yoga class now, ya!
OP is "a" ass.
All this has made me horny, I'm getting dicked tonight
Sounds right to me, the same way someone saying they have soccer practice tonight, or they have choir rehearsal tonight.
OP? Don't you have dildo club this evening?
My great grandmother used to get, "the headache." Never did figure out why she didn't just have "a" headache.
It sounds right to me but I know how you can hear something that you've said and heard many times before and all of a sudden it doesn't sound right. Maybe that's what happened, OP.
R18. do you kno where Cuyler Ave is?
I have band practice tonight. I don't say THE BAND PRACTICE.
Thursday was bridge club. Tomorrow it's book club. Tonight it's chess club.
All of these sound normal to me.
[quote]I have band practice tonight
At least it's also a verb.
Brits say "the menopause."
I have dance class this evening at Joffery School, ballet for beginners.
r31 College students have no class whatsoever. r5 The Brits do.
[quote]My great grandmother used to get, "the headache." Never did figure out why she didn't just have "a" headache.
Guess she was referring to you R38.