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The wonder of collective nouns....

post #1 of 19
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My MIL just asked me if I knew the collective noun for cats. I didn't, so I looked it up - and this is amazing - there are TEN known collective nouns for cats!! And they are all great....

A clowder of cats
A clutter of cats
A glaring of cats
A pounce of cats

And for housecats...

A dout of cats
A nuisance of cats

Kittens...

A kendle of cats
A kindle of cats
A litter of cats

And lastly, for feral cats...

A destruction of cats.

Who'd a thunk it???

Collective nouns are so funny sometimes - what's a favourite of yours?

I used to really love `A parliament of owls'....
post #2 of 19
Wow! Super interesting, Sarah!
post #3 of 19
a lounge of lizards.....
post #4 of 19
a MURDER of CROWS
post #5 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Emma's Friend
a MURDER of CROWS
Yes, that's a great one isn't it!!

How about this?

`A Pomposity of Professors'

post #6 of 19
"implausibility of gnus"



Who comes up with these?
post #7 of 19
I love them all!

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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
My MIL just asked me if I knew the collective noun for cats. I didn't, so I looked it up - and this is amazing - there are TEN known collective nouns for cats!! And they are all great....

A clowder of cats
A clutter of cats
A glaring of cats
A pounce of cats

And for housecats...

A dout of cats
A nuisance of cats

Kittens...

A kendle of cats
A kindle of cats
A litter of cats

And lastly, for feral cats...

A destruction of cats.

Who'd a thunk it???

Collective nouns are so funny sometimes - what's a favourite of yours?

I used to really love `A parliament of owls'....
post #8 of 19
Murder of Crows used to be my favorite.
post #9 of 19
Very interesting.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oh these two are sweet....

A charm of finches

A glint of goldfish

post #11 of 19
I like "a glaring of cats" because it's not just a collective noun.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nebula11
a lounge of lizards.....
HA HA!!!!!!!! love that

A bevy of beauties
A brigade of soldiers
A chorus of angels
A crowd of onlookers
post #13 of 19
A PRICKLE of porcupines

A BLESSING of unicorns ...awwww
post #14 of 19
A gaggle of geese
post #15 of 19
Aw a blessing of unicorns! that's pretty
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Isn't it? How sweet. This one is cute, too

`A romp of otters...'

I can just picture that!
post #17 of 19
A kaleidoscope of butterflies

A business of flies

A walk of snails

An abomination of monks

An asylum of microsoft programmers (seriously?!)

A charm of finches

A waddle of penguins

Some of these really do make you wonder what the people were thinking, especially........

A wunch of bankers
post #18 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Purity
A walk of snails

An abomination of monks

An asylum of microsoft programmers (seriously?!)
aha ha ha ha ha ha ha! They're great!

Quote:
Some of these really do make you wonder what the people were thinking, especially........

A wunch of bankers
Oh my! Do you think the person that came up with this one was drunk?!
post #19 of 19
i read somewhere that most of the collective nouns [the unusual ones] were coined in the middle ages. they even created them for animals who did not gather as a group. this is one of my faves: a leap of leopards.
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