Pronounced: suh-TORE-ee, noun
Notes: I thought this might be related with how one dresses, but no… you may get it if you have the right background
The word klatsch is “a casual gathering of people, especially for refreshments and informal conversation”
Our word came into English in the 1950s
Background / Comments
Our word comes from the German word Klatsch (chitchat, gossip). I think I have run across something that was posing as our word, but my recollection is that it was misspelled or mispronounced. I remember reading about something that fits our word, but was written as “a coffee klutch”; I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be “klatsch”. It was a long time ago, and I don’t remember where I read it.
The word bevy (BEH-vee) came up, but I’ve run across it in reading and I had a good idea of the meaning. I have heard it used for a collection of quail, and that turned out to be one of the meanings. I have also read the word in Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. The character Archie Goodwin refers to “a bevy of beautiful maidens” – I thought that the word therefore meant a large group, and that is also correct. It’s original meaning was used for a group of deer, quail, larks, or young ladies. From there has become more generalized to a large number.