Saturday, 12 May 2012

Collective Nouns

It is amazing just how many collective nouns there are in the English language. We have a murder of crows, a belt of asteroids, a flight of stairs and a den of thieves. However, there are a lot that we don't have... officially.

Here are a few suggestions to fill the some of the gaps:

  • A blaze of firemen
  • A smothering of Social Workers
  • A gathering of combine harvesters
  • A shoal of nudists
  • A collection of philatelists
  • A camp of bell-ringers
  • A herd of listeners
  • A number of mathematicians
  • A drift of castaways

Any more for any more? For example, what is the above group of collective nouns called?

1 comment:

  1. A fable of fairy godmothers
    A kibbitz of collective nouns