Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Collective Nouns That Aren't Real But Should Be

You've probably heard of a murder of crows and a pod of whales, but maybe you didn't know about a huddle of penguins or a congress of baboons. And unless you were playing along with #collectivenouns this week on Twitter, there are even more obscure group names you didn't know. Here's a recap with some favorites:

You might call them a "herd of hippos," but that's wrong:


In the wild you might see a "colony of rabbits," but under your couch...


There were some literary submissions:



And speaking of homonyms:


Writing is a lonely profession, but if you find yourself in a group:



And here are the group names for a few other professions (including one of my own contributions):






There were a couple of squees:



And of course zombie groups:



There were a lot more, of course, but it's still not an exhaustive list. What are some of your favorite collective nouns-- real or made up?

"An unproductivity of people who sit around thinking of collective nouns," for example.

3 comments:

  1. LOL. I like your last example the best. :)

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  2. Thanks, Faith! Last minute moment of inspiration, that was.

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