Collective nouns

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Many of us are keen on collecting things – no more so than those who collect collective nouns.  Those words for groups of things – like a parliament of owls.

Here are just a few:

http://www.ojohaven.com/collectives/

http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_by_collective_term

http://www.herbweb.org/animals-collective-nouns.html

and so on.  Of course, it doesn’t take long to spot that different lists sometimes include different words.  Sometimes it depends whether they’ve been ‘suggested’ or actually found in a dictionary (though even the latter can vary).

Thanks to the Science Librarian for this.  Who presumably now needs a collective noun for lists of collective nouns.

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