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drunkship of old cobblers ... and all.

WHILE browsing the website of Oxford Living Dictionaries (like you do), I found some wonderfully apt collective names.

They date back to the 15th century and none is more recent than 1801.

An alternative term for a gang of lads is the delightful blush of boys.

Ah yes, I remember it well. Rude jokes and puffing on a cigarette behind the bike sheds waiting for puberty.

Other human terms that caught my eye were a pity of prisoners and a bevy of ladies, a superfluity of nuns and a drunkship of cobblers, which seems an unfair slight on a fine body of tradesmen. Or is this where the expression 'fill yer boots', originates? Animal terms that raised a smile because of their aptness include a shrewdness of apes, an obstinacy of buffalo, a bask of crocodiles, a murder of crows, a busyness of ferrets, a bloat of hippopotami, a cowardice of curs, a smack of jellyfish, a labour of moles, a pandemonium of parrots, an unkindness of ravens, a crash of rhinoceros, a knot of toads, a descent of woodpeckers and a zeal of zebras.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2017
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