Collective noun for epithets

Collective noun for epithets

I like this collective noun for epithets, ‘artillery’ suggesting a quickfire delivery of pithy comments, with the additional charm of a military echo in the resemblance between ‘epithet’ and ‘epaulet’. ‘… an artillery of...
A prodigality of marvels

A prodigality of marvels

A perfect collective noun for a mass of marvels.  There are good reasons the first of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s duo of travel books is entitled A Time of Gifts.One of the most beautifully wrought recollections of a youthful stride across Europe, also capturing...
A doctrine of doctors

A doctrine of doctors

So now, when you are reporting from a medical conference, you know the correct term to package all those medics together.  They are huddling and expostulating as a ‘doctrine’.  Perhaps the collective noun refers, however, as much or more to doctors of the...
A drunkenship of cobblers

A drunkenship of cobblers

What did cobblers do to be nailed with such a bad reputation?  When did you ever see a drunken cobbler? Surely they should cobble together a class action, and hobble such aspersions on their profession, particularly given the favourable light cast on any gathering of...
A temperance of cooks

A temperance of cooks

Having recently revelled in the bursting descriptions of a quaffing, boozing, drunken chef in Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan, I was surprised to see the collective noun for the profession of cook being ‘temperance’.  Perhaps Swelter is the exception...
A peep of chickens

A peep of chickens

‘Peep’ is for chicks, surely, but when they grow up, it doesn’t quite work.  How about instead: a haggle of hens, a pecking of chickens or a brooding or clucking of either … the latter evoking that contented, almost purring sound hens make when...
Bullocks in droves

Bullocks in droves

I remember pubs in Scotland called The Drover’s Inn, and this collective noun can be used for cattle more generally.  And of course, tourists and other groups of humans, as in ‘the tourists pitched up in...
A clowder of cats

A clowder of cats

The spell check keeps trying to change ‘clowder’ to ‘chowder’, which I don’t think anyone would want made of cats. According to the only reference I could find, ‘clowder’ is related to ‘clutter’, and another...

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