One who moves from table to table during a meal, visiting with all and swearing exclusive social ties to none. Most visible in high school, but college sightings are becoming more frequent.

Strangely, these people don't seem to actually eat an entire meal, subsisting instead on a diet of conversation, attention, and nibbles of their neighbors' food.

Though many table-sluts try to pass off their behavior as nothing more than being friendly, by changing tables (and usually social groups in the process) they create bridges between clusters of people who would normally have nothing to do with each other. While this might seem like a good thing, it most certainly is not.

Instead, by flitting from one group to another, they reinforce the idea that the groups are isolated ramparts and must be journeyed between, not integrated. Further, their mixed alliances generate feelings of betrayal from all sides, which does nothing to close the rifts in the social order.

Instead, encourage your local table-slut to invite members of other groups to eat with you and your group. Let him or her show you why these other people are worthy friends and comrades.

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