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FICTITIOUS COLLECTIVE NOUNS

"AADVARKS TO BUTTERFLIES"

This page is just a bit of fun!

The page of collective nouns has created a lot of interest and some very unusual suggestions, so I thought I would start a page of the more "suspect" or innovative ones in order not to confuse the younger visitors.

Please note - many of these suggestions are provided by our visitors and are not necessarily 'endorsed' by Hints and Things.

PLEASE REMEMBER THESE ARE THE UNOFFICIAL NOMENCLATURE

Collective nouns more likely be authentic.  

Due to the popularity of this page it has become very large and, therefore, somewhat cumbersome so I have taken the decision to spread it over several different pages.

 

FICTITIOUS COLLECTIVE NOUNS FOR VARIOUS GROUPS

AADVARKS TO BUTTERFLIES and many things in between

AADVARKS A HILL of aardvarks.

Lee

ACADEMICS A DEBATE of academics.

A BEFUDDLEMENT of academics.

Alex Oldham

ACCOUNTANTS An ADEQUACY of Accountants

An ALCHEMY of Accountants

Krysia Jones

A CHEAT of Accountants.

Jan Schorsij
Middelburg, the Netherlands

An AVOIDANCE of Accountants.

Simon West

ACTION PAINTERS A DRIBBLE of action painters.

Ian Keoppen

ACTORS A LOVEY of actors

Simon West

ACTUARIES A RISK of actuaries.

Ken Jaffe

ADMINISTRATORS An INCOMPETENCE of administrators.

Simon West

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS A VECTOR, PATTERN or SEQUENCE of Air Traffic Controllers

Isaac Linkletter

AIRLINE PASSENGERS A CAROUSEL of airline passengers.

Nick Street

AIRLINE PILOTS A FLIGHT of airline pilots.

Bob Beecher

ALLIGATORS A GNAW of alligators.

Tom Moores and Pat Carter

AMBULANCES A SIREN of ambulances.

Paul Taylor

AMERICANS A DYSENTERY of Americans.

Michael Hughes

An ARROGANCE of Americans

Simon West

ANAESTHESIOLOGISTS A TITRATION of anaesthesiologists.

David

ANAESTHETISTS A SLEEP of anaesthetists.

Peter Young

ANCHORMEN/WOMEN A COIFFURE of anchormen/women.

Kenneth Jaffe

ANGELS An ASCENDANCE of angels.

Amy Black

ANTIQUE DEALERS A PROVENANCE of Antique Dealers

Natalie Stevens

ANTS A HILL of ants.

Alexandra Bylczynski

A "hill of ants" and "a hill of beans" refer to a unit quantity.  Like a "home room of students."

Harold Daughety

APPLE FANBOYS An ORCHARD of 'Apple Fanboys'

(people who think Apple products are far superior to Microsoft products)

Richard Grey

ARCHITECTS An OVERHEAD of architects.

Paul Rhoades

A CARBUNCLE of architects.

Patricia Ellistone

An EXPENSE of architects.

Cameron Crawford

ARMADILLOS A THUMP armadillos.

Tom Butler

A TEMPLE of armadillos.

A KNIGHT of armadillos.

Lee

ARTISTS A PALETTE of artists.

Gayle Bell

A JEALOUSY of artists.

Colin Thompson

ASTROLOGERS A CUSP of Astrologers.

Ken Jaffe

ATTORNEYS A BRIEF of attorneys.

A SLITHER of attorneys.

Jeff Throckmorton

AUTHORS

A JEALOUSY of authors.

Colin Thompson

A CHAPTER of authors.

Bryan Lee Peterson

A LIBRARY of authors.

Thomas Muskopf 

BABIES A SWEETNESS of babies.

Steve Henwood & Felicia Uriarte

A DROOL of babies.

Joffler

BACTERIA A CULTURE of bacteria.                            Michael Haberl

A COLONY of bacteria.

I have been advised by Gajanan Joshi that this should be A COLONY of bacteria - he believes a CULTURE refers to bacteria grown in a lab or a factory on a growth medium.

A SCUTTLE lf bacteria.

Patrick Howlett

BACTERIOLOGISTS A COLONY of bacteriologists.

Dani Byrne

BAD ACTORS A KEANU of bad actors.

Matt Presson

BADGERS A RUMBLE of badgers.

Adam

N.B:  The accepted collective noun for a group of badgers is 'CETE' as can be seen here.

BAKERS A LOAF of bakers.

Richard Grey

BANJO PLAYERS AN IRRITATION of banjo players.

Jeremy (a banjo player himself)

A DELIVERANCE of banjo players.

David

BANK EXECUTIVES/BANKERS A GREED of bank executives (bankers).

Patricia Ellistone

BANK TELLERS A CACHE of bank tellers.

Peter Sharp

BANKERS A VAULT of bankers.

Richard Grey

A WUNCH of bankers.

Jeff Mitting

BARBERS A CLIPPING of barbers.

Ken Jaffe

BARITONES A PRIDE of Baritones.

Ken Jaffe

BARTENDERS A COCKTAIL of bartenders.

Kenneth Jaffe

BASSET HOUNDS A FRENZY of Basset Hounds

Stephanie S.

BASKETBALL PLAYERS A GROVE of basketball players.

Ken Jaffe

BASSES A PROFUNDITY of basses.

Ken Jaffe

BATHING BEAUTIES A DELIGHT of bathing beauties.

Ezz Bish

BEAGLES A MURDER of beagles.

Mark Anderson (and brother)

BEAUTICIANS A VANITY of beauticians.

Simon West

BEAUTIES A BEVVY of beauties.

Barbara Bradbury

BEERS

A CLUTCH of beers.

John-stuart McBride

BEGGARS A HAND-OUT of beggars.

Richard Grey

BELL-HOPS A SCURRY of bell-hops.

Kenneth Jaffe

BELLRINGERS A TINTINABULARY of bellringers.

Sam Overman

BIGFOOT A BRETHREN of bigfoot.

Andrew

BINS A LITTER of bins.

Contributed by Ezz Bish

BISHOPS A CONSISTORY of bishops.

Submitted by Trev Sewell

An ABSOLUTION of bishops.

Mike Tinker

BLACKBIRDS A LIQUORICE of blackbirds.

Bill Borth

A PIE of blackbirds.

David

BLOOD SAMPLES A COAGULATION of blood samples.

Daniel Herkes

BODY BUILDERS A GLISTENING of body builders.

Ken Jaffe

BODYGUARDS A FIST of bodyguards.

Ken Jaffe

BOFFINS A MENSA of boffins.

Paul Middlewood

BOSSES A GROWL of bosses.

Ken Jaffe

BOXERS A BOUT of boxers.

Ken Jaffe

A RING of boxers.

Nanette Bergevin

BOYS A DEN of boys.

Ken Jaffe

BRAS A CLEAVAGE of bras.

Dael Franke (+ employer)

BREWERS A BUNG of brewers.

Sam Overman

BRICKIES A HOD of brickies.

Simon West

BUFFET PATRONS A GLUTTONY of buffet patrons.

Richard Grey

BUILDERS A SKIVE of builders.

Nigel Cheffers-Heard

BUNNIES (a pet name for Rabbits) A HOP of bunnies.

David McPeek

BUREAUCRATS A BLUNDER of bureaucrats.

Simon West

BUTCHERS A MEAT of butchers.

Ray Cramp

A BLOCK of butchers

Mal Walker

BUTLERS A SNOBBERY of butlers.

Ken Jaffe

BUTTERFLIES A FLUTTERBY of butterflies.

Sam Overman

Aadvarks to Butterflies
Car mechanics to Dung beetles
Editors to Gunzels
Hair stylists to Lumberjacks
Magicians to Ornithologists
Painters to Rock climbers
Sailors to System administrators
Talk show hosts to Urbanites

Vampires to Zombies

 

Consider Southern  kitchen terms: 

A MESS of turnip greens (or any garden crop) as a measure of how much to cook; 

A SLEW of almost anything, but It seems to fit fish, considering "slough" is a slow-moving stream in vernacular:   So, a slew (or slough) of fish.  But it is a mess of fish for dinner.     

Harold Daughety  


 

Jennii Ramirez wrote saying -

Are you aware that there is a book which lists "nouns of multitude?" It's title is "An Exaltation of Larks."

 

 

I AM SURE YOU CAN THINK OF SOME MORE TO ADD TO THIS!

Email them to me at june@hintsandthings.com 

 

Poem featuring more fictitious collectives.

 

 

 

 

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