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Surrender to the collective: a new contest

This contest is shamelessly stolen from the guys at Car Talk. A few years ago they pointed out that a lot of things have interesting terms for a group -- a pride of lions, a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, and so on -- and had a contest for new, creative names for groups of things. The winners included a huevos of Rancheros, a shrug of mechanics, a sleaze of lawyers, a shortage of jockeys, a lot of car dealers, and so on. I'll also toss my contribution of a basement of losers on to the pile.

So come up with your own collective term and post them in the comments section. Winners oughta be announced Thursday.

J.


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Comments (94)

A press of journalists.... (Below threshold)
Kirby:

A press of journalists.

A smegma of Socialists.<br ... (Below threshold)

A smegma of Socialists.

A stench of trolls.... (Below threshold)

A stench of trolls.

A squeal of teenage girls.<... (Below threshold)
Eric:

A squeal of teenage girls.
A slouch of teenage boys.

A whiff of bloggers.... (Below threshold)

A whiff of bloggers.

A couch of bloggers.<... (Below threshold)

A couch of bloggers.

A kitchen of bloggers.

A basement of bloggers.

A bedroom of bloggers.

...someone stop me please...

An attitude of bloggers.

A current of bloggers.

A direction of bloggers.

A gig of programmers... (Below threshold)
Drew:

A gig of programmers
A babble of bloggers

A crack of plumbers.... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

A crack of plumbers.

An array of programmers<br ... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

An array of programmers
A number of mathematicians
A cluster of astronomers
A mix of chemists
A string of seamstresses
A wealth of kings
An aggregate of accountants
A pool of gamblers
A whale of fishermen
A pile of garbagemen
A trunk of movers
A galaxy of moonbats

Is this a quest of quantity over quality? This could go on forever...

A limousine of liberals.</p... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

A limousine of liberals.

A collection of priests...<... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

A collection of priests...

A meme of Democrats...

A pajama of bloggers...

A byte of programmers...

A jammy of bloggers... (Below threshold)
lunacy:

A jammy of bloggers

a google of researchers... (Below threshold)
nate:

a google of researchers

A muddle of engineers... (Below threshold)

A muddle of engineers

A stench of French.... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

A stench of French.

A ton of Oliver Willis.... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

A ton of Oliver Willis.

Yes, that's singular. (and yes, that's a cheap shot.)

A pile of Michael Moore...<... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

A pile of Michael Moore...

Better run Mr. Rather -- it... (Below threshold)

Better run Mr. Rather -- it's a SWARM of bloggers!

A Short-Bus of Liberals.</p... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

A Short-Bus of Liberals.

An crescent of moonbats. <... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

An crescent of moonbats.

Sorry. A crescent ... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

Sorry. A crescent of moonbats.

Tough competition!... (Below threshold)
julie:

Tough competition!

A chevy of Mexicans.
A deli of Jews.
A handful of Onan.

A slime of politicians.... (Below threshold)
jd watson:

A slime of politicians.

A Gannon of MSM journalists... (Below threshold)
Chevy:

A Gannon of MSM journalists

A belfry of moonbats... (Below threshold)
Larry:

A belfry of moonbats

Collectives of geese are ca... (Below threshold)

Collectives of geese are called different things based upon what they are doing: "flock" in general, "skein" in flight, "gaggle" when earthbound, etc.

I hereby suggest a similar naming scheme for engineers (feel free to add to the list):

* When discussing tech specs of cars, computers or anything technical, they become a geeking of engineers.
* When quoting The Simpsons or Monty Python, they become a snort.
* When discussing their current management, they become a carping.

A congress of liars.... (Below threshold)
KBiel:

A congress of liars.

A tax of liberals.... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

A tax of liberals.

A Kos of morons.... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

A Kos of morons.

In the spirit of politics a... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

In the spirit of politics and Doug Stewart's addendum:

A quandry of Democrats (before election)
A cheat of Democrats (during election)
A mess of Democrats (after election loss)
A fleece of Democrats (after election win); a currently rare sighting

A flip of Kerrys (clan of Kerrys before voting)
A flop of Kerrys (clan of Kerrys after voting)

a felony of rappersa... (Below threshold)

a felony of rappers
an arrogance of Massachusets liberals
a congress of circuit judges
a [bleep] of censors

A welfare of hockey players... (Below threshold)
JaySwash:

A welfare of hockey players

a plan of engineersa... (Below threshold)
DJ:

a plan of engineers
a scat of politicians
a scum of politicians
a hypocrisy of liberals
a kennedy of democrats
a pelosi of democrats

A kerry of waffles...... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

A kerry of waffles...

Thank you spacemonkey...</p... (Below threshold)

Thank you spacemonkey...

A lifeguard of Massachusetts liberals

A pastry of police
A hero of troops
A wizbang of good entries [for this contest]

Excellent, Doug! ... (Below threshold)

Excellent, Doug!

When procrastinating before actually sitting down to write code, a slack of engineers

A TANG of forgeries...... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

A TANG of forgeries...

A favorite from Ed McBain -... (Below threshold)
arb:

A favorite from Ed McBain - "A snatch of hookers."

A condescension of liberals... (Below threshold)

A condescension of liberals.
A noise of protesters.
A drone of professors.
A compass of explorers.
A blast of terrorists.

A Denny's of cops.... (Below threshold)

A Denny's of cops.

An unraveling of comment threads.

A NASCAR of Atlanta drivers.

A muttering of conspiracy theorists.

A mothership of wackos.

A yawn of televised award shows.

A swiftboat load of magic h... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

A swiftboat load of magic hats...

A splatter of suicide bombers...

A burst of Palestinians... (Below threshold)

A burst of Palestinians

A bushel of democrac... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

A bushel of democracies.

A syringe of baseball playe... (Below threshold)
cardio64:

A syringe of baseball players

A round of bartenders

A denial of Democrats

A geek of bloggers

A sh*tload of stable workers

A helping of charity workers

A handful of Onanists

A Trackback of Bloggers... (Below threshold)

A Trackback of Bloggers

A Web of Bloggers

A Ruin of Reporters

Based upon current events, ... (Below threshold)

Based upon current events, I'd say a loveliness of Lebanese women is appropriate.

Actually, to be fully allit... (Below threshold)

Actually, to be fully alliterative, perhaps a loveliness of Lebanese ladies is more appropriate...

A fifth of Kennedy's.... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

A fifth of Kennedy's.

An aggregate of plasterers.... (Below threshold)
Scott:

An aggregate of plasterers.
A string of violinists.
A cacophony of blogs.

A shiite load of Iranian te... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

A shiite load of Iranian terrorists.

"A shiite load of Iranian t... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

"A shiite load of Iranian terrorists."

jmaster....ROFL...that one got me...

Faith:Tanks.... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

Faith:

Tanks.

An assize of fatties.... (Below threshold)
Jumbo:

An assize of fatties.

A horum of legislators.

A bedlam of Deaniacs.

And I forgot...a f... (Below threshold)
Jumbo:

And I forgot...

a fearmong of Democrats.

an imbedment of combat correspondents.

One more from me, and then ... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

One more from me, and then I'll go away.

A pwned of geeks.

A ledger of accountants... (Below threshold)
Just John:

A ledger of accountants

A cheek of Donkeys (singula... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

A cheek of Donkeys (singular or plural)
A handful of beggars
A waist of chefs
A batch of cooks
A babble of teens
A score of addicts
A void of ghosts
A yarn of authors
A yard of gardeners
A fraud of actors
A hint of detectives
A scorn of criminals
A grunt of linguists
A spite of nostrils (this is silly)
A skit of spam (this is altogether too silly)

- an odor of hippies... (Below threshold)

- an odor of hippies
- a cacophony of albums
- a box of corners
- a cycle of violations
- a bourbon of drunks
(alt: a gutter of drunks, yeah, that's better)
- a circumference of globes

An obfuscation of lawyers.<... (Below threshold)
Jojo:

An obfuscation of lawyers.

a nielsen of television exe... (Below threshold)
mairepat:

a nielsen of television execs

a Rather of network newscas... (Below threshold)
mairepat:

a Rather of network newscasters

An impeachment of Senators<... (Below threshold)
Jim:

An impeachment of Senators
or
An impeachment of Clintons

A preen of leftist celebs.<... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

A preen of leftist celebs.

A skank of hoes. (or <a hr... (Below threshold)

A skank of hoes. (or prosti-tots)

a dangle of dorks.... (Below threshold)
Dave A.:

a dangle of dorks.

Wow, there are some great o... (Below threshold)
Dodd:

Wow, there are some great ones in here. So, even though I think Ray Midge's 'bushel of democracies' may already have won, here are a few more suggested collectove nouns:

- An indecision of clients (applies equally well for customers of lawyers, accountants, or web designers)
- a dodge of politicians
   alternatively, a purchase of politicians
- a sanitorium of Kucinich voters
- a blind of DailyKos/Atrios/DU readers
   alternatively, an echo of DailyKos/Atrios/DU readers
- a barking of moonbats

An erection of Japanese pol... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

An erection of Japanese politicians.


Sorry, but this is more addictive than the movie title contest!

a freak of Michael Jackson ... (Below threshold)
mairepat:

a freak of Michael Jackson fans

A screech of feminists<br /... (Below threshold)
andrei:

A screech of feminists
A harmony of barbershop quartets
A bounce of trampolinists
A cough of smokers
A guffaw of comedians
A groupthink of reporters
A whine of unionists

A penumbra of Supreme Court... (Below threshold)
D. Carter:

A penumbra of Supreme Court justices.

A Kos of screws.

A bogus of AP reporters.

An irrelevance of liberals.

A dean of paranoiacs.

A hash of suicide bombers.

A retreat of Frenchmen.

A prevarication of Italian journalists.

A babbel of linguists... (Below threshold)
Max:

A babbel of linguists
A lick of lesbians
A mooch of son-in-laws
A grope of perverts
A shiver of Eskimos
A jiggle of cheerleaders
A flap of wingnuts
A sham of NGOs
A sack of apprentices
A graft of Congressmen
A poke of proctologists
A qwerty of typists
A shrivel of geezers

A winston of liars... (Below threshold)

A winston of liars

An orgy of UN workers... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

An orgy of UN workers

I'm going to assume mine ha... (Below threshold)

I'm going to assume mine hasn't already been taken, and if it has then just ignore me...

A bark of moonbats

Ah, I see it has been taken... (Below threshold)

Ah, I see it has been taken... crap!

A lateness of clever commen... (Below threshold)

A lateness of clever comments.

"a Rod of Gigolos"... (Below threshold)
ClusterChuck:

"a Rod of Gigolos"

A sack of Assholes... (Below threshold)
bryan:

A sack of Assholes

A Ward of Churchills... (Below threshold)
JohnG:

A Ward of Churchills
A Ton of Moore
A Felon of Democratic Voters
A Gastric Tube of Pro-Death Husbands

A Daschle of Whinebags.<br ... (Below threshold)
Marty:

A Daschle of Whinebags.
A Theresaful of Trouble
A Jeterful of Championships
A Whoopie of Weasels

A tea of Jays.... (Below threshold)

A tea of Jays.

What? Nobody has yet poste... (Below threshold)

What? Nobody has yet posted the most obvious collective term of all. OK, I'll do it:

A Loss of Democrats

A drivel of Kos-sacks.... (Below threshold)

A drivel of Kos-sacks.

Wait! "I want to amend one ... (Below threshold)
D. Carter:

Wait! "I want to amend one of my earlier entries.

Change "A retreat of Frenchmen" to "a surrender of Frenchmen".

Also, add:

An Oliver of kryptonite.

An avarice of lawyers.

A circus of senators.

A Kerry of whoppers.

A Rather of forgeries.

A daschle of ex-senators.

A wizbang of great blogging... (Below threshold)

A wizbang of great blogging.

RE: E. Nough's post (March ... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: E. Nough's post (March 8, 2005 10:28 PM)
A drivel of Kos-sacks.

Hey, I resemble that remark! And , frankly, I'm partially offended.

A scribble of posts.

Are we done yet? Are we done yet? Ooh, I know...

A scream of kids.

A break of brokersA ... (Below threshold)

A break of brokers
A cast of pitchers
A can of Trumps

A Howl of Deaniacs</... (Below threshold)
McGroarty:

A Howl of Deaniacs

A Fabrication of Moores... (Below threshold)
McGroarty:

A Fabrication of Moores

OK, a few more:A m... (Below threshold)
Max:

OK, a few more:

A mash of interns
A quash of liberals
A mangle of "insurgents"
A dork of Deaniacs
An ADD of the DNC
A PBS of LOLs
A fraud of Rathers
A Lord of Flanders
A nuke of Streisands
A fisk of Krugmans
A lurch of Kerrys
A vat of Moores (eeeiew!)

A futility of Democrats.</p... (Below threshold)

A futility of Democrats.

(And, for equal time...)

An ineffectuality of Republicans.

An excretion of politicians... (Below threshold)

An excretion of politicians.
A bowel movement of policitians.

A hump of prostitutes.

A bite(byte) of programmers.

A spherical cow of physicists(inside crappy physics joke).

A spurt of porn stars.

A scorch of firemen.

An account of bankers.

A catalyst of chemists.

A groan of puns.... (Below threshold)

A groan of puns.

A group of Democrats is cal... (Below threshold)
Dave A.:

A group of Democrats is called a "fillibuster."

And an exhaustive collection of witty submissions is called a "terminus."

Let's do this again sometime.




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