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Posted by on May 23, 2012

I’m reading The Story of English in 100 Words. I haven’t finished it yet, so I don’t feel qualified to remark on the success or failure of such an ambitious project, but it includes a fun little list of collective nouns which I will partly reproduce here for your pleasure:

  • an absence of waiters
  • a rash of dermatologists
  • a clutch of mechanics
  • a lot of auctioneers
  • a mass of priests

But of course the fun thing about collective nouns is that you can invent your own. For example:

  • a bleat of tweets
  • a hop of IPAs
  • a mite of possibilities
  • a hamper of cables (anyone who’s ever tried to walk across one of our cable-strewn floors without tripping would understand this one immediately)


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