Murder of One

The title of the Counting Crows song from their breakout album, August & Everything Aftermakes much more sense with the lyrics when you realize that a “murder” is the collective noun for a group of crows. Continue reading “Murder of One”

Collective Nouns

Bandelier National Monument (Photo by Josh Witten CC BY-NC-SA)
Bandelier National Monument (Photo by Josh Witten CC BY-NC-SA)

I’ve spent the week with a bunch of talented wordsmiths in Santa Fe. Among many discoveries, we learned that the terms used to describe groups of creatures can be wonderfully imaginative (eg, unkindness of ravens, murder of crows, etc); but they can also be dull.

We improved them:

OLD: A flight of dragons (also, weyr or wing).
NEW: A blaze of dragons.
Alternate: An ohshit! of dragon(s) (1 or more dragons).

OLD: A blessing of unicorns.
NEW: A sparkle of unicorns.

We also came up with a few new ones:

A right of wrongs.

A quixote of science writers.

Any other ideas?

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