Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Word Definition Wednesday: Conversazione

If you're not as much of a word nerd as I am, you may not keep up with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day series; it's ok, I've got your back—I'll alert you to any of the cool ones. Enter, today's word.
definition: a get-together with the specific purpose of discussing literature, science, and/or art 
as in 
Our book club is working with a local art gallery to set up a conversazione for Jane Austen enthusiasts over the Christmas holidays.
Another fantastic word! I love to come across a word that has such a specific meaning and has not been generalized to take in a hundred different definitions.* Sound smart (or stuck up?) the next time you hang out with friends and pull out this gem of a word.

*While its English meaning may be preserved as specific, its origins show that it is itself a manipulated meaning of another word: Italian's conversazione, which simply means conversation or interview.

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