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Collective Nouns

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When I lived in England my friend Ron and  I would sit by the fire and make up collective nouns.

Now, we all know there are some very interesting and accepted collective nouns, such as a murder of crows, a pride of lions. But what about more unusual collectives nouns; what is the collective noun for a group of plates, a crockery of plates, perhaps?

We had a lot of tun with this.

A frail of banjo players.
An elbow of fiddlers.
A snare of drummers.
A manicure of beauticians.
A mulch of gardeners.
A chamois of window cleaners.
A spoke of bicycle repair men (thank you Monty Python!).
A shed of dog groomers.
A purl of knitters.

You get the idea. What ideas do you have for collective nouns?

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abbydabby
Feb. 27th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
How about a cacophony of kids?
A pride of gays/lesbians? (the lions can share!!)
stonetalker
Feb. 27th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
more...
How about:
A giggle of schoolgirls.
A purr of kittens (yes I know they are a litter, but purr sounded cute...)
A howl of werewolves.
A fang of vampires.
A sandal of beachcombers.

acelightning
Feb. 28th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
A twig of fashion models.
A choke of smokers.
A chain of crocheters.
A snarl of handspinners.
A squeal of fangirls.
A clusterf*ck of consultants.
A drip of candlemakers.
A sniffle of allergists.
A scratch of dermatologists.
An abstraction of mathematicians.


stonetalker
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
I particularly like the last one!
acelightning
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
You haven't known very many consultants, have you? :-D

morlith
Mar. 2nd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
A misery of Goths
A note of singers
A cup of drinkers
A key of locksmiths
A wrench of mechanics
A petal of florists
A snap of photographers
A needle of cross-stitchers
A hand of card players
A record of DJs
minis2
Sep. 13th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
A key of locksmiths is not good enough you've got to do better than that .As a locksmith I've been struggling with this one for ages.
A preserve of conservators
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