Thomas column: Fun with collective nouns


Naming collective nouns is a time-honored alliteration of bards dating back to medieval days. Their linguistic talents have bequeathed to the English language some intriguing terms, especially for groups of animals.While many are well-known and rather bland (pack of dogs, herd of elephants, swarm of bees), others are delightful with their pluralistic logic: crash of rhinoceroses, cloud of bats, and army of ants.Though archaic, and somewhat challenging to work into modern conversation, […]  » Read More

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