is a very primitive attempt to outline some of the dimensions
under which people classify themselves into groups, and to
give examples of the types of group which could be allocated
to each of the dimensions.
are encouraged to add new categories (dimensions) or to add
new groups to any of the existing deimensions. To propose
a new category or a new group, please write to Chief Editor
M G Bell at email@example.com,
with Groups in the subject line.
touchstone of what makes a group is always the same: could
one or more people say 'We xxxx-ers' or use an equivalent
expression such as 'Xxxx-ers always . . .'
aren't really any other rules; a group exists if people think
it does - that is the whole point - and it's not always possible
from a distance to be categoric about the existence of groups.
Thus the particular groups listed here are some of those that
are likely to be real groups. Many others will no doubt be
added by people who find that their particular group is missing.
equivalent wordings have been excluded in the original list.
Thus, 'Puppetteers' would include puppett-makers and puppett-operators.
But if puppett-makers ask to be separately identified, they
each section, only a certain number of groups have been listed.
This is partly to cut down on the initial size of the classification
(there are still more than 1,000 categories) but mostly to
give an indication of what sort of groups can be included
while allowing maximum flexibility for the submission of additional