Thursday, 5 February 2015

Collective Nouns Lend The English Language More Flavour.

Very poetic and lovely to hear.

Bob knows most of them and more importantly remembers them whereas I get them through osmosis... Bob's niece is close to being a newly minted teenager and ever so keen on knowing most collective nouns. All in the family, it seems.

Here are a few of my favourites, espied from this website on collective nouns.:

  • An unkindness of ravens.
  • A murder of crows.
  • An intrusion of cockroaches.
  • A flock of lice.
  • A glide of flying fish.
  • A rhumba of rattlesnakes.
  • A babble of barbers.
  • A shuffle of bureaucrats.
  • A hastiness of cooks.
  • A blackening of shoemakers.
  • An eloquence of lawyers.
  • An unhappiness of husbands.
  • An imposition of in-laws.
  • A promise of barmen.
  • A goring of butchers.
  • A disguising of tailors.
  • A stand of flamingos.
  • A surfeit of skunks.

Let me know if some of these made you smile as well...

Biggi