Monday, February 9


There used to be a tshirt, I think when I was in high school (ca. 1986-9). I think it was called 'Multitudes'. And it had a list of creative names for the plural of certain animals. The ones I remember were 'a murder of crows' and 'a deceit of lapwings'.

Well, language hat links to a pretty extensive list of such names.

I like it. However, the hat also writes 'I add the necessary caveat that many alleged collective nouns for animals are more fanciful than real.' That takes a little of the wind out of my sails.

There's also a list of (totally Latin?) adjectives (with some snake jokes at the bottom).
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