A little story: Most of this was a comment I wrote on the subject of the Gathering of Gnomes.
When I was just a tiny little thing, my mother had me join something called the "Brownies". I thought we were going to eat brownies, and I was secretly hoping for chewy ones.
But, No. Brownies were the first step to Girl Guidehood (Girls Scouts). The people who organized these things didn't even know what fudge brownies meant. Hrmpf!
We were given badges of who we would be: I stood there as fairy and elf badges were given out (if you're wondering, I badly wanted to be an elf). And what did I get? A GNOME. I was made a GNOME. The most embarrassing part was we were then given a little rhyming ditty to chant. The fairies chanted about how they were fairies, the elves about...you get the idea, and I, tiny little child, had to chant some ditty about...GNOMES. It's a wonder I didn't get traumatized for life.
I did learn how to make a reef knot, though....