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04-13-2007, 12:05 PM
James Randi has suggested a new game. (http://randi.org/jr/2007-04/041307mag.html)I’ve invented a few collective nouns, which I think is a distinct service to the language. (A collective noun is one that designates a group of specific things. For example, the collective noun for “sheep” is “flock,” and for “geese” – when not flying! – is “gaggle.”) I choose to refer to a gathering of psychics as a “giggle,” for conmen, it’s a “fleece,” and for prophets, a “failure.” One wag on the JREF Forum came up with “Congress” as a collective for conmen, but that was unkind. I use an “absence” for a group of homeopaths, I refer to a “confusion” of parapsychologists, and a “cackle” of witches. Palmists are gathered as a “handful,” it’s a “struggle” of astrologers, and more than three phrenologists become a “bump.” And a group of spoonbenders can be called, a “desperation.”Any more contributions Dopers can make to this growing list?

04-13-2007, 12:15 PM
A suit of lawyers?
A growth of farmers?
A frame of filmmakers?
A watchdog of ailurophobes?

04-13-2007, 12:16 PM
A haggle of bargain-hunters.

04-13-2007, 12:18 PM
A dabble of Dopers?

04-13-2007, 12:27 PM
A felony of footballer players.

04-13-2007, 01:29 PM
Nah, for us lot, I suggest one of:

- A Quibble of Dopers
- A Panel of Dopers
- A Nitpick of Dopers
- A Citation of Dopers

For others:

- A Parcel of Postal Workers
- A Chord of Guitarists
- A Lumber of Woodworkers
- A Brace of Orthodontists
- A Plague of Epidemiologists
- A Fifth of Bartenders
- A Mickey of Alcoholics
- A Field of Electricians
- A Rack of Exotic Dancers
- A Spit of PETA Members

Hey, this is fun. :)

04-13-2007, 05:14 PM
A motherfuck of masturbaters.

04-13-2007, 06:33 PM
A case of judges.
A plot of screenwriters.
An aftermath of emergency workers.
A babble of idiots.
Two redundancies of bureaucrats.


04-13-2007, 06:45 PM
a vein of miners
a boat of rowers

04-13-2007, 06:47 PM
A queue of waiters

A flip of short-order cooks

A glass of bartenders

A fidget of children

A rinse of dentists

A clip of barbers

A jitter of baristas

A book of authors

04-13-2007, 07:49 PM
It's not necessarily clever, but knitbloggers often refer to a group of knitters as a "whack (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2005/05/11/a_little_help_from_my_friends.html) of (http://www.yarnagogo.com/blog/2007/03/yay.html) knitters (http://knitterpated.blogspot.com/2006/04/whack-of-knitters.html) ."

04-13-2007, 08:30 PM
A keg of frat boys
A shutter of photographers
A snap of football players
A hail of cabbies
A flight of superheroes
A bowl of pipe smokers

Fretful Porpentine
04-13-2007, 10:17 PM
A confusion of Hamlets. (I used this as the heading for a handout on the different quarto and folio texts once, and I think it is appropriate on many levels.)

04-13-2007, 10:59 PM
a drop of hangmen
a groom of barbers
a squint of opticians
a glimpse of opthamologists
a stem of wine enthusiasts
a stitch of tailors
a knot of sailors
a grunt of marines

and, my fave...
a click (clique) of nerds!

04-13-2007, 11:11 PM
A litter of cigarette butts.

Fern Forest
04-13-2007, 11:29 PM
Ahem. It's obvious that we are a joint of dopers.

04-14-2007, 02:50 AM
James Randi has suggested a new game. (http://randi.org/jr/2007-04/041307mag.html)Any more contributions Dopers can make to this growing list?
Hardly new. It's Victorian, AFAIK.

04-14-2007, 08:11 AM
Hardly new. It's Victorian, AFAIK.Randi's contribution to this game was in the realm of the paranormal, and that was new to me.

04-14-2007, 08:53 PM
A fencing of postings?
A weave of threads?
A dopest of Dopers?
A fivem of forums?

04-14-2007, 08:59 PM
A vanity of officers

04-15-2007, 12:59 AM
Not original; I heard it on CBC radio: An apology of Canadians.

04-15-2007, 04:27 AM
A raffle of lotto winners
A failing of presidents
A boom of terrorists
A Graham of Google ads

Hostile Dialect
04-15-2007, 05:01 PM
fifty-six, why Graham?

04-15-2007, 06:41 PM
fifty-six, why Graham?

I was trying to think of a collective something.

So I did a bit of surfing (checked the 35+tabs I had open. To get some ideas.)

And noticed the glut of Google adds.

I considered a gogol of Google ads or something of the like but it was not to clever.

So in an attempt to be more clever I decided to find a another named number to describe a collective of Google ads.

So I used a name of a an inconceivably large number to describe the ads of a company named after another large number. The funny twist is that Graham seems like something small. The ads are not generally annoying (small) but they are sure numerous. (large)

Spatial Rift 47
04-16-2007, 09:40 AM
A vocabulary of collective nouns.