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Alliterative Collective Nouns

Ross at Play
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I want to start a contest for the most imaginative collective noun. I suggest the prize should be one big collective raspberry.

I have a few nominations:
an autocracy of authors
a proud of pedants
a labyrinth of lawyers
a doctrinaire of doctors
a nudge of nurses (think Monty Python, "Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more."
a joke of jocks
a cherriloss of cheerleaders
a bristle of Brits
a frump of French
an astute of Aussies
a Camelot of Californians

robberhands

@Ross at Play

A pinch of peckerheads

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Ernest Bywater

A confusion of editors.

Crumbly Writer

@robberhands

A pinch of peckerheads

It ain't alliterative, but I prefer "A peck of dickheads" or "a dickering of peckerheads", just cause the double meaning is clear in each.

Crumbly Writer

Again, it t'ain't alliterative, but how about: A literate coterie of thesauruses

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Crumbly Writer

Speaking of T'ain'ts, how about: a Twisted Tangle of T'ain'ts?

Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

A confusion of editors.

Or, a Contrary of editors.

Maybe a Head-hopping of authors.

An Assumption of Authors and a Consumption of Critics?

Ross at Play

@Ernest Bywater

A confusion of editors.

That's not alliterative.
An exactitude of editors or an enema of editors would be.

Crumbly Writer

@Ross at Play

An exactitude of editors or an enema of editors would be.

An exuberance of editors would be, or a non-alliterative of nouns! 'D

Ross at Play

a grizzle nest of grammar Nazis.

Ross at Play

a pollution of politicians
a jingo of journalists
a shikes of shockjocks

Ernest Bywater

@Ross at Play

That's not alliterative.


but it's very accurate.

Dominions Son

An offal of officials.

Ernest Bywater

a bastardry of bureaucrats.

Replies:   samuelmichaels
samuelmichaels

@Ernest Bywater

A rage of readers! (Staring at a cliffhanger).

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
samuelmichaels

@Ross at Play

I want to start a contest for the most imaginative collective noun. I suggest the prize should be one big collective raspberry.

I have a few nominations:
an autocracy of authors
a proud of pedants

Talking of pedants -- these are sometime called Terms of Venery. Same root as venereal disease.

Replies:   Joe Long
Joe Long

@samuelmichaels

Talking of pedants -- these are sometime called Terms of Venery. Same root as venereal disease.


We are the venerable pedants.

Crumbly Writer

A weasily of writers?
An astute of authors?
A monkey of mechanics?

I'm sorry, but alliterations just aren't as interesting as the more accurate names.

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play

@Crumbly Writer

A monkey of mechanics?

I sense a bit of a personal history there, a la the DMV?

Ernest Bywater

@samuelmichaels

A rage of readers! (Staring at a cliffhanger).


I like it - double thumbs up for you!

Zom

A bullshit of bloggers
A fundament of forumists

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Zom

A fundament of forumists


maybe a frenzy of forumists or

a flaming of forumists

Replies:   samuelmichaels
samuelmichaels

@Ernest Bywater

a flaming of forumists


I like the flame -- quite apt, sometimes.

Ross at Play

a contempt of cats.

I have ten of the little buggers.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Ross at Play

a contempt of cats.


wouldn't a concatenation of cats be more appropriate, because they usually tend to stay as group and do things together?

Ross at Play
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Not really. For some their contempt of me, taking me for granted, is nothing compared to their loathing of others. I make it difficult for them because they are confined to a small yard and house, for their protection.

There are four males who constantly get into howling matches and sometimes fights against each other. Never the dominant male - none dares provoke him; nor the most submissive one - why bother when he poses no threat?

But some of the male and female relationships (all were desexed at a young age) are genuinely affectionate.

Replies:   Joe Long
Joe Long

@Ross at Play

I'm a cat person. Right now we have around a dozen in the garage and the yard.

We had started with one to replace the last of the previous family, whose generations had spanned nearly 20 years. Once the population replenished in the house, there was one female in particular who quiet violently didn't like feline companionship and made all the others terrified of her - which moved the herd outside.

Some left totally, some visit occasionally and the rest stayed loyal to the household. Mother and daughter each had litters within days of each other in June, but the daughter appears to be the only one nursing the seven kittens. The problem with them being born outside is they aren't exposed to humans until they can walk around on their own, making them harder to apprehend in order to get their shots and find them homes.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Joe Long

I'm a cat person. Right now we have around a dozen in the garage and the yard.

I too am fond of cats. They make great target practice, and they're yowls are quite entertaining when you kick them in the hind-end just right and launch them high into the air. It always brings a smile to my face. Otherwise, I prefer dogs, who appreciate who always feeds them.

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play
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@Crumbly Writer

Otherwise, I prefer dogs, who appreciate who always feeds them.

How can you tell what any dog appreciates?
If a cat shows you any affection you know it has chosen to do so, not because it is required.

Replies:   Joe Long
Joe Long

@Ross at Play

If a cat shows you any affection you know it has chosen to do so, not because it is required.


Yes! There is that sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes with a cat showing you it's affection.

Crumbly Writer
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A trip of typos.

A goofar of grammar errors (combines goof-up and Grammar). Doesn't quite roll off the tongue, though.

A pit of plot holes.

A cram of characters.

A surfeit of sequels.

A choke of cliffhangers.

An Infuriate of info dumps (though a snore might be more apt).

An Abandon of abandoned stories (though I suspect that's cheating, even if it is apt).

A chatter of chapters.

A prattle of plot complications.

A co-addling of co-authors.

Take your pick.

Replies:   Zom
Crumbly Writer

How about a cloy of cat admirers or a catastrophe of cat hatters?

Zom

@Crumbly Writer

An Abandon of abandoned stories

An aggravation of abandoned stories
An agitation of abandoned stories
An animosity of abandoned stories
An annoyance of abandoned stories
An anticlimax of abandoned stories
An anxiety of abandoned stories
An abortion of abandoned stories

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play

@Zom

A banishment of abandoning storytellers

Replies:   robberhands
robberhands

@Ross at Play

An addendum of absolved authors

Crumbly Writer

A run-on of retired authors?

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