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Izzardesque
213968.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:33 pm Reply with quote

Clickyba wrote:
To pursue the M.Python theme
An Inquisition of Cardinals.

No, No, Sorry your Eminence, AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!
CB


Well, I never expected that... :)

 
'yorz
870738.  Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:10 pm Reply with quote

Resurrection time.

Prostitutes:

A florish of strumpets
An anthology of pros (no - no apostrophe, and certainly not prose!)

 
mckeonj
870818.  Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:21 pm Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
Resurrection time.

Prostitutes:

A florish of strumpets
An anthology of pros (no - no apostrophe, and certainly not prose!)

Well, sure, in Ireland that would be 'a rake of hoes'.

 
sally carr
870841.  Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:20 pm Reply with quote

I thought the collective noun for lawyers was a conspiracy but that may be more suited to NOTW journalists.

 
'yorz
870902.  Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:50 pm Reply with quote

Earlier somebody suggested a case of lawyers. Quite apt.

 
suze
870904.  Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:54 pm Reply with quote

It's supposed to be "an eloquence of lawyers", for which there are citations back to 1486. But I prefer some of the other suggestions that have been made.

 
Zebra57
870953.  Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:29 am Reply with quote

A foot in the mouth of Clarksons

 
'yorz
871075.  Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:16 pm Reply with quote

A meldrew of unbelievers.

 
lyshaa86
965450.  Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:30 am Reply with quote

My favourite is a 'Snatch' of Lesbians.

 
AlmondFacialBar
965453.  Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:43 am Reply with quote

In Ireland the collective noun for any group of people you don't agree with is "a shower", e.g. "a shower of bankers", "a shower of Brussels bureaucrats" etc. The comparative, as in the collective noun for a group of people you'd expect general societal agreement on hating, say pro life protesters or twonks who throw petrol bombs about a flag in Belfast, is "THAT shower".

I can't really explain that one, but I like it...

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
PDR
965574.  Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:18 am Reply with quote

A sitting-around-at-home-because-a-couple-of-flkes-of-snow-might-fall of teachers...

:-)

PDR

 
Peregrine Arkwright
965689.  Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:26 pm Reply with quote

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A wunch of bankers

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PDR
965701.  Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:55 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
It's supposed to be "an eloquence of lawyers", for which there are citations back to 1486. But I prefer some of the other suggestions that have been made.


I once hear the suggestion that it should be a "Sue-age" of lawyers, which works well when spoken ("sewage").

PDR

 
dr bartolo
965991.  Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:01 am Reply with quote

Whilst in English, we have many special words for collective nouns, the chinese language is possibly the only one with many special words for singular nouns For example, the chinese for a horse is
马 - Yī pǐ mǎ
Likewise, for a sheet of paper

and a table
桌子
use the same "phrase to describe the singular ( 张)
So do clouds and flowers, oddly enough


A house, by contrast, is
房子
However, a television is
电视
The large and varied array of singular nouns has caused much confusion amongst students, neeldess to say

 
Sadurian Mike
966014.  Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:47 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
Resurrection time.

An upsurge of resurrections?

 

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