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"I Have Book Club Tonight"

WTF is this shit? I keep hearing people say "book club" not "a book club," just "book club," like "school."

by Anonymousreply 5601/20/2015

I just got back from Fest and I'm so tired I'm afraid I'll wind up in hospital!

by Anonymousreply 108/14/2013

Sounds fine to me.

by Anonymousreply 208/14/2013

Aren't there more pressing concerns in your life than an alleged missing indefinite article?

by Anonymousreply 308/14/2013

OP, would you say "I have school today" or "I have a school today?"

by Anonymousreply 408/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 508/14/2013

People in book clubs don't read, so I am not surprised they don't know how to speak.

by Anonymousreply 608/14/2013

What if you belonged to more than one book club?

by Anonymousreply 708/14/2013

It just sounds so wrong to say "I have a book club tonight." I say "I have chess club tonight".

by Anonymousreply 808/14/2013

If you have more than one book club then YES, "a book club" is appropriate. If just one, "book club" sounds fine.

by Anonymousreply 908/14/2013

"Book Club" is code for half-price night for Twinks at the Baths. I do my best reading there on that night.

by Anonymousreply 1008/14/2013

"I have book club tonight."

Sorry, that's idiotic.

What's "book club," the new "Fight Club"??

by Anonymousreply 1108/14/2013

This thread give me headache.

by Anonymousreply 1208/14/2013

off to hospital!

by Anonymousreply 1308/14/2013

I go to university in the city.

by Anonymousreply 1408/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1508/14/2013

I'm on set.

by Anonymousreply 1608/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1708/14/2013

Tell me more about the dyke from Cuyler Ave.

by Anonymousreply 1808/14/2013

It is like school,'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.

by Anonymousreply 1908/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2008/18/2013

Get a life, OP.

by Anonymousreply 2108/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2208/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2308/18/2013

" Book Club" is a current euphemism of " Bareback Orgy." I though you knew that, OP.

by Anonymousreply 2408/18/2013

better than bible study.

by Anonymousreply 2508/18/2013

Don't eat the donuts.

by Anonymousreply 2608/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 2708/18/2013

Is it Joy Luck Club at Book Club this week?

by Anonymousreply 2808/18/2013

Try that bullshit with Fight Club, OP, and you're gonna be eating your meals through a straw.

by Anonymousreply 2908/18/2013

And The Mickey Mouse Club. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 3008/18/2013

College students also say "I have class" rather than "I have a class."

by Anonymousreply 3108/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3208/18/2013

Going to tha yoga class now, ya!

by Anonymousreply 3308/18/2013

OP is "a" ass.

by Anonymousreply 3408/18/2013

All this has made me horny, I'm getting dicked tonight

by Anonymousreply 3508/18/2013

Sounds right to me, the same way someone saying they have soccer practice tonight, or they have choir rehearsal tonight.

by Anonymousreply 3608/18/2013

OP? Don't you have dildo club this evening?

by Anonymousreply 3708/18/2013

My great grandmother used to get, "the headache." Never did figure out why she didn't just have "a" headache.

by Anonymousreply 3808/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3908/18/2013

R18. do you kno where Cuyler Ave is?

by Anonymousreply 4008/18/2013

I have band practice tonight. I don't say THE BAND PRACTICE.

by Anonymousreply 4108/18/2013

Thursday was bridge club. Tomorrow it's book club. Tonight it's chess club.

All of these sound normal to me.

by Anonymousreply 4208/18/2013

[quote]I have band practice tonight

At least it's also a verb.

by Anonymousreply 4308/18/2013

Brits say "the menopause."

by Anonymousreply 4408/18/2013

I have dance class this evening at Joffery School, ballet for beginners.

by Anonymousreply 4508/20/2013

r31 College students have no class whatsoever. r5 The Brits do.

by Anonymousreply 4608/21/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4708/21/2013

Maybe she was having a sick headache, r38.

by Anonymousreply 4808/21/2013

Mark Zuckerberg declares 2015 the 'Year of Books' with online reading club

by Anonymousreply 4901/20/2015

So what? Don't you have more important things to clutch your pearls about, Mary!

Perhaps you need to be put 'in hospital' for evaluation.

by Anonymousreply 5001/20/2015

Mark Zuckerberg is still around?

When did THAT happen?

by Anonymousreply 5101/20/2015

What the hell goes on at book club?

by Anonymousreply 5201/20/2015

I use definite articles everywhere, just like Edith Wharton.

I refer to the Central Park in Manhattan, and the City of Mexico in Latin America.

by Anonymousreply 5301/20/2015

Yes, I have book club, but now go to hospital with Moose and Squirrel.

by Anonymousreply 5401/20/2015

R50, Maths.

by Anonymousreply 5501/20/2015

Tonight's poker night. Not "I have a poker night."

by Anonymousreply 5601/20/2015
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