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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
BYTES
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

BARISTAS A
MOCCHARY/MOCKERY of
Baristas.

James Weatherall

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


BLUEBELLS
A HAZE
of bluebells.

Adrian Harris

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

BYTES A
MOUTHFUL
of bytes.

Howard Eglowstein

Mr. Eglowstein
comments:  I use when I’m teaching kids how to program
refers to some number of data bytes that’s more than just a few
but enough that they have to be handled and moved around
properly. I refer to that as a ‘mouthful’ of bytes. It’s general
a few dozen and not much more.

 

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
 

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

 


 

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!

 

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