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In the film The Social Network in the opening scene while discussing which club Mark should aim to join there's a line from Mark saying

The Phoenix is the most diverse. The Fly Club, Roosevelt punched the Porc.

What does this mean? I understand that being punched BY the Porc is getting an invite to an audition, so what does it mean here?

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You need to go through the entire conversation.

Mark: The Phoenix is the most diverse. The Fly Club, Roosevelt punched the Porc

Erica: Which one?

Mark: The Porcellian, the Porc, it’s the best of the best

Erica: Which Roosevelt?

Mark: Theodore

The Porcellian Club is a "final club" at Harvard and is also known as the "Porc". Punch within final clubs refers to getting the invitation but it also refers to attending events within an organization. Theodore Roosevelt was a member of the Porcellian Club, so Mark is most likely referring to the fact that a notable person, the 26th President of the United States participated in the Porc.

Roosevelt punched the Porc

Literally, Roosevelt was a member and participated in the Porc, where "punched" has two meanings

  • Get the invitation
  • Participate in events
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