Some collective nouns

A herd of cows; a flock of sheep;  a pride of lions; a pack of dogs.

A murmur of starlings;  an exaltation of larks;  a murder of crows; a parliament of owls.

Just in time for Halloween, David Malki’s Wondermark offers a list of collective nouns for beings of species less well-documented than those above (click the image to read a legible version of it on his site.) 

wondermark collective nouns

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6 Comments

  1. Adam Jacot de Boinod

     /  October 31, 2009

    Dear Sir

    Please forgive me emailing you in such a seemingly cold fashion. You seem to share my love of language and I wondered if you might like a mutual link to my English word website:

    http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    or my Foreign words website:

    http://www.themeaningoftingo.com

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

  2. acilius

     /  October 31, 2009

    You have some interesting material on your sites, Mr Jacot de Boinod. Good luck to you.

  3. Acilius,

    thanks for sharing this list! Very enjoyable. My favourites include “a chimney of djinns”, “a snarl of minotaurs” and “a fullsome of hypogriffs”.

    I noticed trolls were forgotten, how about “a gale of trolls” ?

    “a semitheon of demigods” –> does that make a quarter-god or a semi-hero ?

  4. acilius

     /  November 3, 2009

    “A gale of trolls” is good- especially in the sense of Internet trolls, they tend to be awfully windy.

    I like “a tizzy of fairies” and “an industry of villains.” Also “an Itself of Yahwehs.”

    It’s a bit confusing that he alternates between “a conservatory of phoenices,” with what I think is supposed to be a Latinized plural of Phoenix, and “a finery of sphinxes.” Better to be consistent. Either Phoenixes and Sphinxes, or Phoenices and Sphingi (or Phoinikoi and Sphingoi, if you want to stick with Greek.)

  5. cymast

     /  November 3, 2009

    The Supernatural Collective Nouns are great! How do I choose?

    “The borg.”

    “A harem of sexbots.”

    “A choir of serial-killers.”

    “An itself of Yahweh.”

    I recognize a few, but seriously, did someone just make the rest of them up? They’re too funny!

  6. acilius

     /  November 3, 2009

    He stamps it “All entries Verified.” What that means, I have no idea.

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