50 Collective Nouns

From Mental Floss:

1. Business of Ferrets

2. Labor of Moles

3. Mustering of Storks

4. Shrewdness of Apes

5. Gam of Whales

6. Smack of Jellyfish

7. Host of Angels

8. Fusillade of Bullets

9. Baptism of Fire

10. Quiver of Arrows

11. Tissue of lies

12. Murder of Crows

13. Unkindness of Ravens

14. Dule of Doves

15. Clowder, Cluster, or Clutter of Cats

16. Kindle of Kittens

17. Mute of Hounds

18. Pass of Asses

19. Ostentation of Peacocks

20. Team of Ducks (when flying)

21. Paddling of Ducks (when on water)

22. Trip of Goats

23. Sloth, or Sleuth, of Bears

24. Charm of Finches

25. Hill of Beans

26. String of Ponies

27. Hand of Bananas

28. College of Cardinals

29. Shock of Corn

30. Band of Men

31. Knot of Toads

32. Wedge of Swans (when flying)

33. Parliament of Owls

34. Superfluity of Nuns

35. Abominable Sight of Monks

36. Untruth of Summoners

37. Doctrine of Doctors

38. Damning of Jurors

39. Sentence of Judges

40. Rascal of Boys

41. Gaggle of Women

42. Gaggle of Gossips

43. Impatience of Wives

44. Tabernacle of Bakers

45. Poverty of Pipers

46. Fighting of Beggars

47. Neverthriving of Jugglers

48. Herd of Harlots

49. Worship of Writers

50. Hastiness of Cooks

 

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://rwtyer.blogspot.com Rory Tyer

    Smack of jellyfish, pass of asses, and neverthriving of jugglers. These are all wonderful.

  • Jon Bartlett

    For the UK birder… “A charm of Goldfinches”

  • Kyle J

    I always thought a group of politicians should be called a “pander.”

    On another note, these would all make excellent names for rock bands.

  • scotmcknight

    Jon, and that UK Goldfinch is a real beauty. What’s a collective of Hoopoes called? Anyone?

  • John

    Does “Can of Whooopass” count?

  • Mike M

    Hedge of hedgehogs. Hoop of hoopoes. Gaggle of theologicians.

  • Greg D

    A plurality of focuses is foci.

  • MatthewS

    These are fun! Agree that they would make good band names.

    A google result for the history of some of these: http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/collectives.htm

  • Ben Thorp

    Boogle of Weasels.


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