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Pat on WNYC and at the NYPL

Hear Pat live this afternoon on WNYC. And meet her in person this evening at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library.

She’ll be on the Leonard Lopate Show around 1:20 PM Eastern time on Nov. 20, 2013, to discuss the English language and take questions from callers. Today’s subject: the branding of English.

(If you miss the program, you can listen to it on Pat’s WNYC page.)

Later in the day, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Pat will be at the public library’s Mid-Manhattan branch, Fifth Avenue and 40th Street.

The subject of her talk: “Once a Pun a Time—Let’s Play With Words!”

Pat will share her delight in the fun of language—puns, spoonerisms, and mischievous wordplay of every stripe.

She’ll discuss “crash blossoms” and “eggcorns,” how “Tom Swifties” are formed, and why “mondegreen” is not a color. Join in and share your favorite plays on words!

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