The Collective Noun Challenge – Japan Edition
, collective nouns
Posted 15 Apr 2010 in Entertainment, Tokyo
English has a fantastic array of collective nouns. Here are some of my favourites:
- a shrewdness of apes
- a paddling of ducks
- a superfluity of nuns
- an unkindness of ravens
- a murmuration of starlings
- an observance of hermits
- a labour of moles
- a kindle of kittens
- a business of ferrets
- a piteousness of doves
- a richesse or martens
Great, aren’t they? They’re much better than a group of this or a bunch of that. It’s a shame that nobody bothers to invent new ones these days. So, here’s a little challenge for you:
Can you think of interesting collective nouns for the following Japanese words?
- OLs (Office Ladies)
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