An embruing of carvers

An embruing of carvers

Wonderful term.  Firstly, where do you go to find an assembly of carvers?  A school of butchery surely, or a trade fair for knives.  Secondly, ’embruing’ sent me to the dictionary to learn that it stems from ’embrue’, an alternative spelling of...
Collective nouns – triologisms

Collective nouns – triologisms

Proud of having coined the term ‘triologism’ and drawn attention to these pack-a-punch three-legged phrases, I came up with a few collective nouns: ‘a pithiness of triologisms’, demonstrating how concise they are; ‘a triumph of...
Collective nouns – words

Collective nouns – words

OK, let’s go alliterative on this one: a ‘wealth’, a ‘wonder’, or a ‘world’ of words.  Alternatively: an articulation, an eloquence, a precision, or a mouthing of words, or echoing the Anglo-Saxons, a hoard of words. Let me...
Collective nouns – reviews

Collective nouns – reviews

A ‘praise’, a ‘parade’ or a ‘stash’ of reviews.  Unless it’s your books and the reviews have trashed them: a rash, a scathing or a shabbiness of reviews written by a trumpery, a knavery, or a disgrace of reviewers, or a...
Collective nouns – blog posts

Collective nouns – blog posts

Reflecting the mail origins of ‘post’, perhaps a ‘packet’, a ‘pile’, or a ‘despatch’ of posts.  Or conveying their virtual form: a ‘cache’, a ‘schedule’, or simply, if they’re good ones, an...

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