[ANNOUNCE] [SOCIAL] Thursday July the 5th at The College Arms, Bloomsbury

Peter Corlett abuse at cabal.org.uk
Mon Jul 2 11:42:00 BST 2007

On Mon, Jul 02, 2007 at 11:25:52AM +0100, Simon Wistow wrote:
> It's true that massed group of London.pm-ers (what is the collective noun
> for Mongers? A righteous? A drunk? A conference? A social? Actually yeah,
> "A social of mongers" has a nice feel to it. Rather like a "A dazzle of
> zebra") can be kind of intimidating we're really actually rather lovely
> people.

How about a "hogshead of mongers"?

> This has bothered me intermittently over the last few years, espeically 
> since someone once told em that they'd turned up to an LPW, gone to the 
> pub after and had been roundly ignored, but having talked to other 
> people who run groups (social and non-social) this is apparently a 
> fairly common phenomenom.

I've noticed this too: at some meets the mongers will form small geeky
groups that are cold to an outsider trying to politely join in. The last
time I had this, it was in a pub with vile beer[0] so there wasn't really
much point in hanging around.

The trick to getting mongers to speak to you is to grab the kitty and make
for the bar :)

[0] It was, of course, a Wetherpuke, who I expect will be bought out by
    Sarsons at some point.

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