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Larchmont Library Features The Power of Language in Broadway’s 'Hamilton'

Ben Zimmer
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LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library will present linguist Ben Zimmer in the Power of Language in Broadway's “Hamilton” at the Larchmont Village Center on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Whether guests to the program have seen "Hamilton" or not, they'll come away with a better understanding of the role language plays in their lives.

"Hamilton" is the most coveted Broadway show at the moment, and tickets have been sold out months in advance, according to a release from the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. The musical — created and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda — features a multiracial cast rapping and singing the story of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father and America's first secretary of the treasury, the release said.

Zimmer is a linguist and lexicographer. He is the executive editor of and the Visual Thesaurus, two websites for language lovers.

He has written the Word on the Street column for The Wall Street Journal since June 2013. Previously, he was the language columnist for the Boston Globe and the New York Times Magazine (succeeding William Safire).

Zimmer also serves as chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and oversees the society's selection of Word of the Year. For additional information about him, visit

There will be a reception with refreshments available at 3:30 pm. The program will begin at 4. For additional details, call (914) 834-2281.

The Larchmont Village Center is located directly behind the Larchmont Public Library.

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