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#27597 - 04/28/01 05:57 AM collective nouns
sarawhyler Offline
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Registered: 04/27/01
Posts: 11
Loc: North Yorkshire, UK
Forgive me if this has been done before - I'm a very new recruit!

For example, a charm of goldfinches, a pride of lions, an exaltation of larks and a gaggle of geese.

Sara.


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#27598 - 04/28/01 06:21 AM Re: collective nouns
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Registered: 08/12/00
Posts: 3409
A very warm welcome, Sara, and congratulations on finding your way "below the fold" - these fora(?) are often sadly neglected. I think that this has been discussed before, but I don't care, as it gives me an excuse to repeat that my three favourites are, a lamentation of swans, a murder of crows, and an unkindness of ravens.


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#27599 - 04/30/01 08:18 AM Re: collective nouns
Sparteye Offline
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Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
A lick of chocolate p______. [gonna-get-this-into-the-lexicon-anyhow emoticon]


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#27600 - 04/30/01 03:11 PM Re: collective nouns
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear Sparteye: Why do they have to be chocolate?

Would dill do?


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#27601 - 04/30/01 03:46 PM Re: collective nouns
jimthedog Offline
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Registered: 02/24/01
Posts: 387
Loc: Hartsville, New York.
Yeah, I usually associate lick with ice cream.

jimthedog

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#27602 - 05/01/01 10:20 AM Re: collective nouns
slovovoi Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 28
Loc: Saint Louis, MO, US
A very good online resource for the various faunic(?) collectives is at:
http://www.ojohaven.com/collectives/

I would lobby here (as I have elsewhere) for "a scrum of reporters," and "a skitch of bicycle messengers." Any other ideas?

[thanks, all, for permitting me a new forum for my semi-mad ramblings] :-)


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#27603 - 05/01/01 12:19 PM Re: collective nouns
Sparteye Offline
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Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
the various faunic(?) collectives

Hello, slovovoi. I believe that the term you are searching for is "terms of venery," so-called because they proliferated as the result of a game played by the British aristocracy a century or two ago, when hunting parties began creating collective nouns for the game animals they sought to slaughter. For some reason, the phrase was never simplified to "Venereal terms."


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#27604 - 05/01/01 02:33 PM Re: collective nouns
slovovoi Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 28
Loc: Saint Louis, MO, US
James Lipton, author of "An Exaltation of Larks" did indeed subtitle his book 'The Venereal Game.'




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#27605 - 05/02/01 02:52 PM Re: collective nouns
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10521
Loc: this too shall pass
last summer, a "stranger" dropped by to ask if there was a collective for a group of butterflies. it was agreed that there didn't seem to be one extant, and several good suggestions were forthcoming -- but somewhat later I discussed this with Charlie Elster ("There's A Word For It!") and when I mentioned 'flutter' he proposed 'flutteration', which I thought was just right. too bad the stranger will never see it. (also last fall, there was a book published with the title "What Do You Call a Group of Butterflies? And Other Insects" by Emma Nathan. but I'm not going to order it just to see what she came up with... :)


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#27606 - 07/09/01 12:23 PM Re: collective nouns
Faldage Offline
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Been a while since anybody's posted here.


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#27607 - 07/09/01 01:03 PM Re: collective nouns
maverick Offline
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A loving of handcuffs.


Oh, sorry, I thought it was corrective nouns


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#27608 - 07/09/01 11:51 PM Re: collective nouns
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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Aw, Faldage, you just wanted to bring up Sparteye's "lick" post again!


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#27609 - 07/10/01 04:12 PM Re: collective nouns
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
But they melt where they are not supposed to


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#27610 - 07/10/01 07:07 PM Re: collective nouns
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
How about 'a jones of Mother Superiors'?

oh, sorry, I thought it was collective nuns


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#27611 - 07/12/01 04:16 PM Re: collective nouns
Anonymous
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Aw, Faldage, you just wanted to bring up Sparteye's "lick" post again!

i don't understand her post. "p_____" stands for what?? wwh's subsequent post implies it's "pickles", so i'm not sure i understand the significance of not just spelling it out.



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#27612 - 07/12/01 04:29 PM Re: collective nouns
of troy Offline
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Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
My pudish ex was very angry with me when i used dildoes in (or as dr. bill put it " will dill do"?) in a scrabble game.. as i recall, got a triple word score for it..(one of the d's, so it counted two ways!) and a lick of chocotate p_ n_s_s -- fill in the blanks with vowels... did you really not know that? Obviously you go to the wrong kind of candy stores!

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#27613 - 07/12/01 04:41 PM Re: collective nouns
Sparteye Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
My pudish ex was very angry with me when i used dildoes

Oh, man, I almost stopped reading right there and then. Good thing I kept going!!!


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#27614 - 07/12/01 05:02 PM Re: collective nouns
Anonymous
Unregistered


fill in the blanks with vowels

sheeeshh.. glad i asked

i'll happily admit that at first blush i read that as pansies.

i'm still not entirely sure i understand the intrinsic* value of the confection you're suggesting, but then again i don't care much for chocolate.

* Atomica helpfully provides the following:

inĚtrinĚsic
(1)Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent.
(2)Anatomy. Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.[E.A.]


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#27615 - 07/12/01 05:34 PM Re: collective nouns
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
"at first blush" was there only one?


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#27616 - 07/12/01 06:49 PM "pudish"?
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
As in "pudendum"?

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em


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