[Ads-l] "mervert" for WOTY contention

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 7 16:35:14 EST 2018


When I was looking at these threads, I had somehow inferred that a mertender was a merfolk bartender, but I stand corrected.

> On Nov 7, 2018, at 12:45 PM, Andy Bach <afbach at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
>> Apparently it’s sometimes difficult to determine if someone qualifies as
> a mervert, though:
> 
> https://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?13823-Mervert-at-my-first-gig-What-to-do-when-it-happens-again
> 
> Apparently, it's its own dialect (sort of like Catwoman's), there's
> merenthusiast,
> "I am very sure that this was not a merenthusiast photographer,
> unfortunately."
> mertenders (wranglers, helpers - I guess the tail makes dry land difficult)
> and merpals.
> 
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 8:11 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> 
>> As explained by Stephen Colbert on the Late Show last Friday, a mervert is
>> a sexual harasser and/or stalker operating within the merfolk community.
>> Apparently mermaids (at least women; I don’t know whether it afflicts their
>> male counterparts) who work as mermaids in entertainment venues are
>> regularly confronted with unwanted advances from these merverts.  Here’s a
>> posting from a thread on users group that references this insidious and
>> possibly growing problem:
>> 
>> 
>> https://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?8927-A-Guide-to-Unwanted-Contact-Merverts-Trolls-Collectors-and-more-with-list
>> 
>> A mervert, as defined here, is
>> "a person who utilizing social networking or email, contacts people in the
>> mermaid community with sexually explicit messages that are not consensual
>> or welcomed, projects their fetish onto an unconsenting party, solicits
>> minors or children in an inappropriate way, and is typically doing this
>> behaviour to many people in the community. Though sometimes they make pick
>> just one.”
>> 
>> Apparently it’s sometimes difficult to determine if someone qualifies as a
>> mervert, though:
>> 
>> 
>> https://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?13823-Mervert-at-my-first-gig-What-to-do-when-it-happens-again
>> 
>> Do we still have the Least Likely to Succeed/Most Unnecessary category?
>> 
>> LH
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