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Collective Nouns 13, November 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Middle East.
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No, this isn’t too much to do with the Middle East but it’s just plain interesting. Here are my top 10-ish favourite collective nouns for animals. As far as I know these are all correct. To crow-bar some Middle Easternyness into this post, I’ve come up with a few collective nouns for some regional bits and pieces too.

  • A descent of woodpeckers
  • A sneak of weasels
  • A hover of goldfish
  • A storytelling of ravens
  • A murmuration of starlings
  • A bouquet of pheasants
  • A tidings of magpies
  • An ascension of larks
  • A memory of elephants
  • A tower of giraffes
  • A shrewdness of apes
  • An implausibility of gnus (some quasi-wilderbeast thing)

Some Middle Easterny ones:

  • A bling of Gulfies
  • A rage of extremists
  • A grope of Egyptian men
  • A pedant of Arabic teachers
  • A tick-tock of Mubaraks, Bashirs and Ghadaffis

Please feel free to come up with your own. The best entry will win the fabled squashed Kit Kat.