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collective nouns #27597
04/28/01 09:57 AM
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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.


Re: collective nouns #27598
04/28/01 10:21 AM
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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.


Re: collective nouns #27599
04/30/01 12:18 PM
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A lick of chocolate p______. [gonna-get-this-into-the-lexicon-anyhow emoticon]


Re: collective nouns #27600
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Dear Sparteye: Why do they have to be chocolate?

Would dill do?


Re: collective nouns #27601
04/30/01 07:46 PM
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Yeah, I usually associate lick with ice cream.

jimthedog

Re: collective nouns #27602
05/01/01 02:20 PM
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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] :-)


Re: collective nouns #27603
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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."


Re: collective nouns #27604
05/01/01 06:33 PM
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James Lipton, author of "An Exaltation of Larks" did indeed subtitle his book 'The Venereal Game.'




Re: collective nouns #27605
05/02/01 06:52 PM
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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... :)


Re: collective nouns #27606
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