Friday, 6 February 2015

Collective Nouns With A Modern Twist Are Still A Marvel Of The English Language.

Give it a century or two and this list will become classical and delightfully old fashioned & quirky!

As fun as these collective nouns are, I think they are important to uphold and keep circulating in conversations. Everyone and their Aunt Fanny ( or Bob's your uncle ) write texts most days. Little ditties that no one thought necessary twenty years ago, a time where we saved up all the good bits of news for when we met someone.

Oh yes, meeting for a cup of coffee was ever so exciting and refreshing as we hadn't heard any of the tidbits yet, unless we used that pre-historic instrument called a land line telephone.

Gosh, whoever started that awful business of texting with the words wrangled, abbreviated in the most inappropriate ways and replacing letters with numbers? Really, they should have rather entered the signals or code breakers. Getting a text with each word beautifully balanced in its setting and of course with a full compliment of letters is turning into a rarity.

Being able to simply talk and write a sentence with all the ingredients to make it a proper one will become a lost art and ascribed as an eccentric's occupation. An eccentric complete with bow tie, suit and leather satchel.

In the same way we have a Meat free Monday we should have a day a week with no abbreviations or substitutions in any form of written language.
A Word-ly Wednesday perhaps...

Here are some more Collective Nouns, ones that are thought of as dashingly modern:

  • A shower of meteorologists.
  • A clutch of car mechanics.
  • A flush of plumbers.
  • A scoop of journalists.
  • An impatience of wives.
  • A ponder of philosophers.
  • A body of pathologists.
  • A complex of psychologists.
  • A horde of misers.
  • A virtue of patients.
  • An annoyance of neighbours.
  • A brace of orthodontists.
  • A billow of smokers.

Biggi