An ‘exuberance of students’

What’s your favourite collective noun?

Collective nouns such as a murder of crows and a murmuration of starlings really amuse me.

Just wondered if there are  collective nouns for a group of  nurses, a group of doctors, a group of artists…. a group of policemen.
What would you call a  group of snails or a collection of ants?

Maybe you can help? Let’s make some up!

Or maybe you have a favourite?

Author: Sarah

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98 thoughts on “An ‘exuberance of students’”

  1. A gas of anaesthetists
    A resuscitation of cardiologists
    A liberation of freedom fighters
    A culture of pathologists

  2. I love an exultation of larks, Nym.

    How about a caravan of snails?

    My particular favourite is a blush of bilbies (courtesy of Ant).

  3. I particularly like the blush of bilbies and a carnival of Charioteers. May I suggest, poetically, a howl of wolves?

    OZ

  4. ‘A caravan of snails’ – oh yeash!

    ‘A howl of wolves’ sounds very appropriate, OZ as does a carnival of Charioteers, or even a cavalcade?

  5. Morning Pseu

    A scourge of bankers!

    Perhaps we could have a whole page / post dedicated to just the banking profession 😉

  6. A slime of snails
    A charge of accountants
    A lot of auctioneers
    A puff of estate agents

  7. A discharge of nurses (ugh!)
    A triage of doctors
    A dissemblance of politicians
    A bonus of bankers

  8. A watch of nurses.
    A plod of policemen.
    And surely a clash or crash of percussionists!
    A cobweb of vicars.
    A trail of snails (Yes I like ‘caravan’.)
    A deceit of lawyers.
    A sick-note of doctors.
    And for Oz, a cave of wolves.

  9. An apology of English
    An oration of Welsh
    A soak of Irish
    A salute of Germans
    A chip of Australians
    A brag of Texans
    A complaint of Scots
    A suicide of Arabs
    A deceit of Jews
    An incompetence of Africans
    A duplicity of French
    An intoxication of Russians, Poles
    A bore of New Zealanders, Canadians and Belgians
    A confusion of Chinese, Vietnamese etc
    An apathy of Spanish, Italians, Greeks etc

    and my personal favourite
    An honour of Rhodesians

  10. Sigh! ‘Septic tank’, rhyming slang for ‘yank’ = transatlantic colonial.

    OZ

  11. Look Oz @#21 – I’m trying to be serious here!

    A void of blondes
    A barrel of laughs
    A blight of bloggers
    A polisson of politicians
    A cadouk of cadavers
    😉

  12. A moan of pensioners
    A creep of teddy boys
    A wedge of golfers
    A pounce of traffic wardens

  13. On FEEGs theme.

    A parliament of two faced, mealy mouthed, back stabbing, pocket filling, u-turning, nest lining, idle lying scum with no more right to live on gods clean earth than a weasel.

    Wha?

    I’ll get me coat.

    Cheque please!

  14. Donald ol’ bean,

    You miss the point, the collective has to be a noun.Not a noun-ful of anything. Too much snozing under palm trees and not enough watching out for coconuts I feel.

  15. A standard deviation of mathematicians
    A vacuum of voters
    A pestilence of politicians
    A spoil of cooks
    A folly of architects
    A shower of weather forecasters
    A splutter of Fords

  16. Low Wattage :

    A standard deviation of mathematicians
    A vacuum of voters
    A pestilence of politicians
    A spoil of cooks
    A folly of architects
    A shower of weather forecasters
    A splutter of Fords

    A flock of voters (as in sheep)

  17. ‘Specially for Donald, and inspired by LW

    A breakdown of Holdens.

    🙂

    OZ

  18. Keep ’em coming
    And yes, OZ – I got it… just offering another version!

    (“Sigh! ‘Septic tank’, rhyming slang for ‘yank’ = transatlantic colonial.”)

  19. “A fellatio of feminists”, LW, so presumably a cunning of linguists then?

    OZ

  20. A karaoke of Japanese
    A bawl of babies
    An avalanche of mountaineers
    A plink of pianists
    An echo of bats
    A trawl of fishermen
    A synchronisation of swimmers

  21. On behalf of Pseu, who is nearly as guilty as me and LW, thank you, Bilby, for bringing a little order and decorum to a thread that was rapidly going downhill. 😀

    OZ

  22. Heard on the radio earlier

    Q: What does a florist say as she jumps out of the plane on her first parachute jump?

    A: Geranium!

  23. Ah, Pseu, but the imponderable is what does Geronimo shout when he jumps out of the plane?

    OZ

  24. O Zangado :

    Ah, Pseu, but the imponderable is what does Geronimo shout when he jumps out of the plane?

    OZ

    Ah, OZ – this question was answered in the great hit movie starring the most erudite Charlie Sheen, Hot Shots.

    The answer is…….He shouts “Meeeeee!”

    😀

  25. A batch of production managers
    A hyperbole of salesmen
    A mystique of marketeers
    A surge of electricians

  26. O Zangado :

    Ah, Pseu, but the imponderable is what does Geronimo shout when he jumps out of the plane?

    OZ

    General Custerrrrrrrrr……….?

    A knobble of kneecaps

    A redaction of expense account fraudsters

  27. Ok, Pseu – you started it! A hard standing of aircraft ground handlers.

    OZ

  28. A gape of gynecologists
    A crib of pediatricians
    An Imelda of dress shoes
    A bumble of bees
    A Ponzi of financial advisers
    A conflagration of old lovers

  29. No, the Mustelid and his Beloved arrive this evening. Beer chilling and chicken marinating. Village on amber alert and very apprehensive.

    OZ

  30. O Zangado :

    No, the Mustelid and his Beloved arrive this evening. Beer chilling and chicken marinating. Village on amber alert and very apprehensive.

    OZ

    Hey Wolf!

    I resemble that remark. 🙂

  31. Just found this one Bear. Cheer up. 🙂

    Bit damp today- hope you’re enjoying your hols…

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