My favourite collective nouns

There are several options for most collective nouns. For example a group of cats can be a glaring, a clowder, a pounce, or a cluster.

Here are some of my favourites:

  • audit of bookkeepers
  • babble of linguists
  • bask of crocodiles
  • bouquet of pheasants
  • business of ferrets
  • cackle of hyenas
  • cancellation of trains
  • charm of finches
  • clique of photographers
  • damning of jurors
  • following of stalkers
  • impatience of wives
  • murder of crows
  • number of mathematicians
  • ostentation of peacocks
  • parliament of owls
  • rhumba of rattlesnakes
  • shiver of sharks
  • shuffle of bureaucrats
  • smack of jellyfish
  • sneer of butlers
  • stack of librarians
  • superfluity of nuns
  • tower of giraffes

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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