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8 comments on this post.
  1. Samuel Hernandez:

    me and my friends used to participate on a fund raising event for the protection of panda bears~`~

  2. Jermaine Puhr:

    Thanks for that. We’re having a little potluck party this week, kind of for Xmas I guess and I’ve been trying to find something special to take.. found some awesome ideas at this potluck recipes site. You know, someone should invent a website where you can write what you’ll be taking, and it would make sure no one brings the same thing!

  3. Fleming:

    Very entertaining article. Interesting about the change from the original meaning to the American, “Everybody bring something.” I suggest the addition of an alternate term, “potbadluck”, as when 9/10 of the contributions are soggy tuna fish sandwiches.

  4. Lucky Words | Wordnik ~ all the words:

    [...] to potlatch, a Native American “feast, often lasting several days,” according to the Word Detective, “there is no actual connection between the [...]

  5. B:

    @Jermaine…its called a spreadsheet, or Google Docs

  6. Ted Fish:

    I was read a short story long ago that called for everyone in a community to provide a portion of their best wine into a common vessel, and then to share the blend with one another. Everyone emptied a flask into the pot as required. But when it was sampled, it turned out to be pure water. THAT is the biggest downside to potluck. The upside? It provides an opportunity to be truly generous, often anonymously!

  7. Article about potlucking | The Art of Potlucking:

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  8. Anthony:

    I’m determined to find a connection between these two words. There is one, nomatter how far back it goes. The themes and words are far too similar to have originated separately.

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