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Chamber Breakfast to Feature Merriam-Webster Editor at Large

April 11, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 5, 2017 The Springfield Regional Chamber will present its Business@Breakfast, featuring word nerd Peter Sokolowski, otherwise known as editor at large of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, on May 3 from 7:15-9:00 a.m. at Chez Josef, 173 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam. The breakfast is sponsored by series sponsor, United Personnel Services and breakfast sponsor TD Bank.

 

Sokolowski is also the public face of Merriam-Webster; he appears in videos, records the company’s popular Word of the Day podcasts, and represents the dictionary at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

The venerable 189-year-old Merriam Webster Dictionary is having a moment on Twitter, where its followers have increased to more than 300,000 in the past year. On Twitter, Merriam-Webster is not only educational, but current and a bit sassy. It has been called “The sassiest Twitter account in the Trump era.”

 

The writers behind @MerriamWebster tweet the Word of the Day, definitions of most-searched words, crowd-sourced definitions and more.

 

Sokolowski will talk about trending words, the 1,000 new words recently added to the dictionary – including Seussian, and how an old-fashioned company is making news by being humorous and sassy on social media.

 

Also at the breakfast, Pride Stores will be recognized for its 100th anniversary.

 

Business@Breakfast is a monthly series which pays tribute to individuals, businesses and organizations for major contributions to civic and economic growth and for actions which reflect honor on the region.

 

Tickets are $22.50 for Springfield Regional Chamber members in advance ($25 at the door) and $30 for general admission in advance ($35 at the door).Reservations are suggested and can be made online at www.springfield regionalchamber.com or by contacting Jessica Hill at hill@springfieldregionalchamber.com.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Hill at (413) 755-1310 for information.

 

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