Lyle – I think she’s trying to come up with a word to differentiate the cyclists that flock from the cyclists that do not flock yet. And I thought a flock of geese was a gaggle…
I keep trying to figure out what I call those who flock, but can’t come up with a word that differentiates them from others with that assignation that do not flock. “Friends”, “Very Cool People”, “Biking Buddies”. I guess Flockers works, but I can’t help but squirm because it sound so similar to that awkward movie series.
Strangely, according to at least one source, the answer might be “gregarians” or “Gregories”….in the case of leaders (shepherds) or at least gregarious….
<<Today’s Good Word is no more than a slight modification of Latin gregarius “belonging to a flock”, an adjective based on grex (greg-s) “flock, herd”. The root here is also found in congregate, egregious, and the name Gregory, popular among popes who are often perceived as the shepherd of a flock. Egregious “flagrantly bad” is made up of ex “out(side)” + greg- “outside the flock”. The Latin root is probably a duplicated form of the Proto-Indo-European root *ger- “to collect”. This root wended its way through the Germanic languages to English cram. It turns up in Greek agora “marketplace” which, like our own Alpha Agora, was a social gathering place.>>
Going by the theory that the adjective for a Hitchcock style movie is “Hitchcock-ian” that would make a person who flocks a “Flockian” or could. That could then be regionalized to “Flock yunz” in the plural.