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1st Annual Skank Canada's Wonderland adventure...


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Was wondering if anyone would be into getting a group rate at Canada's Wonderland at some point this summer, a skank spunyan funland day type thing.

Thinking sometime in August, either the weekend of the 4th, 20th or 27th or even sometime early September. Anyways, if you're interested speak up and I'll find out how many people we need to get a better deal.

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Yes, you can use the word annual even if it is the first one. The idea is that we get together once a year, using the word annual implies that the event be held on a yearly basis. If there should be a second annual, then the first year is then to be called what? See below.

"an·nu·al ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ny-l)


Recurring, done, or performed every year; yearly: an annual medical examination.

Of, relating to, or determined by a year: an annual income.

Botany. Living or growing for only one year or season."

ie. the first year in which you earn a wage is still called your "annual" income.

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nerd n. 1. [mainstream slang] Pejorative applied to anyone with an

above-average IQ and few gifts at small talk and ordinary social

rituals. 2. [jargon] Term of praise applied (in conscious ironic

reference to sense 1) to someone who knows what's really important and

interesting and doesn't care to be distracted by trivial chatter and

silly status games. Compare geek.

The word itself appears to derive from the lines "And then, just to

show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And Bring Back an It-Kutch, a Preep

and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too!" in the Dr. Seuss

book "If I Ran the Zoo" (1950). (The spellings `nurd' and `gnurd' also

used to be current at MIT, where `nurd' is reported from as far back as

1957.) How it developed its mainstream meaning is unclear, but sense 1

seems to have entered mass culture in the early 1970s (there are reports

that in the mid-1960s it meant roughly "annoying misfit" without the

connotation of intelligence).

An IEEE Spectrum article (4/95, page 16) once derived `nerd' in its

variant form `knurd' from the word `drunk' backwards, but this bears all

the hallmarks of a bogus folk etymology.

Hackers developed sense 2 in self-defense perhaps ten years later, and

some actually wear "Nerd Pride" buttons, only half as a joke. At MIT one

can find not only buttons but (what else?) pocket protectors bearing the

slogan and the MIT seal.

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