The best collective nouns
If that title didn’t grab you then I really don’t know what will…
I was struggling yesterday to think of how to follow up Jon’s fantastically infographic post, racking my brains to come up with an amazing best thing, something which will really blow your socks off, and I think I’ve done it: welcome to the world of collective nouns.
This may not initially sound interesting, in fact, some of you may not even be sure what a collective noun is, but don’t worry guys, I assure you it will be suitably boring…oops…I mean…exciting!
A collective noun is one which describes a group of individuals (interestingly [boringly] my definition used the collective noun ‘group’), so for example you could have a herd of cows where herd is the collective noun.
In day to day life we normally only hear of the normal ones like assembly or group, but in fact there are plenty weird and wonderful collective nouns used for groups of different animals.
Here are some of the best and weirdest ones I’ve found:
A shrewdness of apes
A congress of baboons
A dissimulation (what?!) of birds
A singular of boars (this one is just confusing…)
An army of caterpillars
A litter of kittens (I realise this is common but actually it’s quite ridiculous)
A cartload of chimpanzees
A storytelling of crows
A piteousness of doves
A gang of elks and a mob of emus
A tower of giraffes
An implausibility of gnus
A horde of hamsters
A party of jays
A smack of jellyfish
A stud of mares (this is like saying ‘A male of females’)
An ostentation of peacocks
A creche of penguins
A passel of possum (“please passel the possum, it will go well with my dinner”)
A gaze of raccoons
A rhumba of rattlesnakes
A harem of seals
A hover of trout (they’ll never be able to hover, this is just mocking them)
A Bale of turtles
A zeal of zebras (“I have a zeal of zebras for the blog Steve and Jon’s best things)
Well I hope that helped you get more learned and it’s times like this where I wish I could use Photoshop instead of Paint.