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966817.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:13 pm Reply with quote

Or perhaps a "resurgence" ?

967082.  Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:30 pm Reply with quote

dr bartolo wrote:
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

Japanese has a similar thing -- counters for different classes of objects. Flat objects like sheets of paper, mechanical devices like household appliances, small animals like cats, people, etc. etc. Confusingly, the word for book is "hon" (本), but "hon" is also the counter for long narrow objects like bottles and train tracks. But "hon" is NOT the counter for books -- that would be "satsu" (冊). This has always tripped me up.

976196.  Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:59 pm Reply with quote

Refer you all to:

An Exaltation of Larks or the Venereal Game by James Lipton, Penguin Books 1977 ISBN 0140045368.

Includes very old usages, some unknowns and some modern usages.

A crash of rhinoceroses
A host of angels
A bevy of beauties
A kindle of kittens
A pod of seals
A skulk of foxes
A clutch of eggs
A murmuration of starlings
A riffraff of knaves

To which I might suggest:

A questioning of students
A reaction of chemists
A leap of faith-healers
A dilution of homeopaths



976378.  Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:40 am Reply with quote

A dilution of homeopaths

That, I like greatly

976444.  Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:30 pm Reply with quote

Not "a Tincture of Homeopaths"?


976460.  Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:49 pm Reply with quote

Jerrythesheep wrote:
A reaction of chemists
Gets my vote.

1162831.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:42 am Reply with quote

A wunch of bankers

1162835.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:01 am Reply with quote

Now what gave you that idea? (Can't believe it's been dormant for that long!)

1162841.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:31 am Reply with quote

I thought of starting a thread on not serious collective nouns and did a search before doing so and so here we are.

A sphincter of Analysts
A tedium of Economists
A flume of Prospectors
A corruption of Lobbyists

1162846.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:46 am Reply with quote

A pedentry of elves

An effluence of Trump statements


1162852.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:05 am Reply with quote

A futility of directors

An incompetence of managers

A sufferance of field engineers

1162857.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:45 am Reply with quote

An ordure of politicians
An ephemera of celebs
A sadness of Trekkies

1162858.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:47 am Reply with quote

A pong of paedophiles

1162999.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:44 pm Reply with quote

A cluster of fucks

1163001.  Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:51 pm Reply with quote

A contrafibularity of wishes


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