Collective Nouns can be interesting

Interesting Collective Nouns

In my previous post, Odd Plurals, I spoke briefly about needing to find out the plural of octopus (if you’re wondering, it’s octopuses – not octopi) which led to me looking at plurals of other words. Today, I needed to find a collective noun for a group of octopuses and searching for what felt like aeons, I couldn’t find one. However, I did come across some other collective nouns that I thought were rather interesting. So here’s ten of them.

‘Graze’ is the collective noun for a group of racoons. A graze of racoons.

‘Mischief’ is the name for a group of rats. A mischief of rats.

Alley‘ is the collective noun for a group of clowns. An alley of clowns.

‘Tizzy’ is the collective term for a group of fairies. A tizzy of fairies.

‘Conflagration’ is the term for a group of arsonists. A conflagration of arsonists.

‘Glitter’ is the collective name for a group of generals. A glitter of generals.

‘Glaring’ or ‘Clowder’ is used when you’re referring to a group of cats. A glaring/clowder of cats.

Sticking with cats, ‘kindle’ is the collective noun for a group of kittens. A kindle of kittens.

‘Blessing’ is the collective term for a group of unicorns. A blessing of unicorns.

‘Unkindness’ is the word you’d use when referring to a group of ravens. An unkindness of ravens.

That was ten interesting collective nouns! I hope you found it as interesting as I did. Also, if anybody does come across a name for a group of octopuses, could you let me know?

As always, thanks very much for reading!

Until next time,

George

© 2018 GLT

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4 comments

  1. My favourites are a Murder of Crows, A memory of elephants and a Charm of Hummingbirds.

    Apparently, there isn’t an accepted collective noun for a group of octopuses (or Octopodes to be more correct) because they don’t tend to hang around in groups.

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