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    #1

    klatch

    Hello,

    I would like to know what does "a klatch of" mean here. I'm not sure if it keeps its original meaning of social gathering over coffee.

    Thank you.

    Somehow, we have to get Eden, my daughter’s pet rat, from Brooklyn to Portland, Ore., where Olivia will start college next month. Like E. B. White’s Stuart Little, Eden has become part of our family, a kind of miniature sibling to my only child, who is about to leave home. Eden is one of a klatch of pet rats we know (picture three young women and their animals at our kitchen table, eating tacos, our two cats asleep in a corner). According to Robert Sullivan’s book “Rats,” “fancy” descendants of the homely gray Rattus norvegicus had an earlier moment as women’s companions during the Victorian era. Is Eden part of a revival zeitgeist thing, a moment soon to be documented by pop culture media?

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    #2

    Re: klatch

    I have never heard or seen the word "klatch" before.

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    #3

    Re: klatch

    Well, rats don't usually drink coffee, but the social gathering part fits your context. The three women got together socially and so did the rats.

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    #4

    Re: klatch

    Please give the source of your quotation, Cynthia.

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    #5

    Re: klatch

    Hmmm. I made post earlier but it seems to have disappeared.

    "Klatch" is from German/Yiddish.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/klatch

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    #6

    Re: klatch

    Indeed, "coffee klatch" is (or at least was) a common phrase here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: klatch

    It was meant to be a (primarily) female gossip session over coffee.

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