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#147794 - 09/12/05 10:56 AM Collective nouns  
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Speaking of neologisms--though see the book, "An Exaltation of Larks" for terms of venery as well--finding new collective nouns has to be one of the older parlour games. We tried it in the office some years ago, producing as I recall such entries as, "A quibble of lawyers", "A ponder of philosophers", and (my favourite) "A brood of Slavs" (coined by a Slav, I hasten to add).

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#147795 - 09/12/05 02:04 PM Re: Collective nouns  
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When I saw the topic I too thought of Lipton, a long time favorite. Memorable for the story of four Oxford dons considering a group of prostitutes: “A jam of tarts?” “No,” said the second, “an essay of Trollope’s.” “Rather, a flourish of strumpets,” suggested the third. “No, gentlemen,” concluded the last. “Here we have an anthology of pros.”


#147796 - 09/12/05 02:16 PM Re: Collective nouns  
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We tried it in the office some years ago Welcome, you-all. We've done that here, too, I think, but it's been a long time. Worth posting the suggestion over in Wordplay and Fun in my opinion, if you'd care to.
anthology of pros took me a while; then...HA!



#147797 - 09/12/05 08:49 PM Re: Collective nouns  
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A Mess of Musicians!?


#147798 - 09/12/05 10:09 PM Re: taking note  
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nope. a cacophony of musicians...

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#147799 - 09/12/05 10:35 PM Re: taking note  
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Not even an Earfull of Musician?


#147800 - 09/12/05 11:13 PM Re: taking note  
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I like earful, but now that I've had supper, how about a symphony of musicians?



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#147801 - 09/13/05 12:05 AM Re: taking note  
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Well, I haven't had my dinner yet. [/harumph]

How about a clatter of musicians, a spit of horns, a hush of pianists?


#147802 - 09/13/05 12:17 AM Re: Collective nouns  
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When I saw the topic I too thought of Lipton, a long time favorite. Memorable for the story of four Oxford dons considering a group of prostitutes: “A jam of tarts?” “No,” said the second, “an essay of Trollope’s.” “Rather, a flourish of strumpets,” suggested the third. “No, gentlemen,” concluded the last. “Here we have an anthology of pros.”

Strange as it may seem that story has already appeared on these very pages. Someone (not I) had even come up with a topper: A passing Cockney remarked, "' 'Ell, no, Guv'nors, it was a feathering of 'ores!"

http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=words&Number=68295

#147803 - 09/13/05 12:29 AM Re: taking note  
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> spit of horns

very good.

a string of violinists?



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