Names to collect and to savour.
Everyone knows certain collective words for animals. Like a herd of antelope, a pride of lions and a flock of birds.
But I went in search of lists of the more obscure and found many of which I had never heard. Here are some of the more esoterical.
A shrewdness of apes, a hedge of herons, a float of crocodiles, a smack of jellyfish and a murder of crows.
A cowardice of curs, a tiding of magpies, a paddling of ducks, a labour of moles, a parliament of owls, a company of parrots and a business of ferrets.
A quiver of cobras, a skulk of foxes, an unkindness of ravens, a crash of rhinos, an ascension of larks, an ostentation of peacocks and a clamour of rooks.
A murmuration of starlings, a tower of giraffes, a bloat of hippopotamuses, a cackle of hyenas, a convocation of eagles and a charm of finches.
Perhaps we need collective names for people. Here are some which are accepted, others fanciful but apt.
An aggravation of traffic wardens, a giggle of children, a fleet of fishermen, a gossip of women, a heaven of nurses, a chaos of politicians, a posse of policemen, a faculty of academics, a company of actors, a tabernacle of bakers, a babble of barbers, a bevy of beauties, a shuffle of bureaucrats, a sneer of butlers, a congregation of churchgoers. And how about a pub of journalists?