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tony draper
9th Oct 2001, 12:51
Some of these are getting a bit long in the tooth, how about dragging the collective noun into the twenty first century.

A Unkindness of Ravens.
A murder of Crows.
A building of Rooks.
A lamentation of Swans.

How about some modern ones.

A Shallowness of Media People.

A Mince of Female Impersonaters.

A Insincerity of Politicians.

A Defecation of Traffic Wardens

A padlock of Admins

A------ of Pilots.

A --------of Cabin Crew.

A --------- of ATC's

You Coward Draper, ;) ;)

[ 09 October 2001: Message edited by: tony draper ]

9th Oct 2001, 12:53
Apologies to the suits who look after our hard-earned cash, but a Wunch of Bankers springs instantly to mind :D

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9th Oct 2001, 15:09
...er was that a Gutfull of pilots?


tony draper
9th Oct 2001, 15:21
Heh heh, Draper saying nowt.
some of the old ones are magic.

A congregation of people
A gaggle of geese A superfluity of nuns
A pride of lions An impatience of wives
A shrewdness of apes An obeisance of servants
A murder of crows An impertinence of peddlers
A pod of seals A boast of soldiers
A party of jays A poverty of pipers
A paddling of ducks A neverthriving of jugglers
A pitying of turtledoves A drift of fishermen
A crash of rhinoceroses A smirk of couriers
A trip of goats An incredulity of cuckolds
A bouquet of pheasants An eloquence of lawyers
An ostentation of peacocks A skulk of thieves
A knot of toads An illusion of painters
A clowder of cats A rascal of boys
A school (=shoal) of fish A giggle of girls
A cete of badgers
An ugly of walruses

9th Oct 2001, 15:43
Some of those are wonderful! :)

I'd definitely vote for a Wunch of Bankers.

Also suggest an excess of accountants and a confusion of systems analysts (or management consultants).

9th Oct 2001, 16:08
Excellent !

I seem to remember a sketch on Smith and jones, where they were reading all these definitions from a large encyclopaedia.

At the end of the sketch, the tome was closed to reveal the title:

"A load of b*llocks" :o

9th Oct 2001, 16:47
A "wunch of bankers" indeed! :eek: :D

10th Oct 2001, 09:30
To complete the blanks I'd suggest a wing of pilots, a flounce of cabin crew and a hold of controllers.

Note: wing is pronounced with an "h" after the "w" and an "e" on the end :p

Through difficulties to the cinema

henry crun
10th Oct 2001, 10:01
A collective of chopper pilots.

A clearance of controllers.

10th Oct 2001, 14:17
A thicket of managers :p :p

Conky Joe
10th Oct 2001, 17:41
A bumble of Britons
A mess of children
A clot of Cornishmen
A fart of politicians
An evil of terrorists
A surprise of missiles
A halo of heroes

And what about ourselves ...

A riot of ppruners
A peculiar of ppruners
A post of ppruners


10th Oct 2001, 18:06
Here's some:

A Bucket of Bolts

A Sopwith of Camels

A Bundle of Joy

A Barrel of Fun

A Packet of Smokes

A Case of Beer

A Dose of Crabs

Tricky Woo
10th Oct 2001, 18:11
A collective of nouns.

10th Oct 2001, 18:13
A Parliament of Owls

Biggles Flies Undone
10th Oct 2001, 18:56
Can't decide....

A Thrust of Jetblasters
An Obscenity of Jetblasters

Your call Danny ;)

10th Oct 2001, 19:18
A banned of Blasters?

10th Oct 2001, 21:25
A herd of rumours

And if you're in a DIY shop, do they have a flock of wallpapers?

12th Oct 2001, 07:29
an exhalation of cigars.
an experience of shags ( the birds of course )

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12th Oct 2001, 14:25
A scrotefull of nuts,
An armfull of wildthings,

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12th Oct 2001, 14:32
A Tosser of Teachers

12th Oct 2001, 15:42
a road of cobras
a fluster of cooks

13th Oct 2001, 00:19
a pistfull of filots. a collective for channel 4, obviously, HICK!

Charlie Foxtrot India
14th Oct 2001, 09:52
Collective nouns, shouldn't this be on the "rotorheads" forum?

Over there, do you have:
A Collective of Helicopter Pilots?

A Smoko of LAMEs...
An Absence of Airservices...

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14th Oct 2001, 11:47
A lie of politicians :D
:mad: Greetings all. My first ever post.

14th Oct 2001, 19:01
A lack of principles.

A shortage of Boeings.
A surplus of Airbus.

14th Oct 2001, 19:14
A fix of navigators?

A tankful of Volvo drivers?

Or, more topical, a binful of Laden?


15th Oct 2001, 04:00
A rotor of helicopter pilots
A redundancy of managers
:D :rolleyes:

18th Oct 2001, 15:44
A smarm of salesmen

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Windy Militant
18th Oct 2001, 16:59
My favourite is
An ambush of tigers!
Dancing hobbes (http://members.tripod.com/~Hobbes4ever/Images/HOBBESD.GIF)

Cornish Jack
18th Oct 2001, 17:38
Oy Conky Joe!!
A bit less of the anti-Celtic descriptive terminology, if you please ... :D :D
A dangle of Winchmen and a patter of Winch Operators..... oh,.. and a ground school of pedants.

18th Oct 2001, 20:29
A brag of pilots

A whinge of engineers

A farce of managers

A sloth of baggage handlers

A slot of airtraffickers

A load of old ShyTorque


Mirkin About
19th Oct 2001, 05:07
Not forgetting Geese on the wing are a Skein.

how about an audit of tax officers or a network of IT guys.

Rallye Driver
19th Oct 2001, 21:33
A Splat of Skydivers

A Rampage of Football Hooligans

A Rant of Fundamentalists

A Squabble of Politicians

A Bankruptcy of Airlines

A Bottle of Scotch


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19th Oct 2001, 23:12
An ego of pilots
A lost of navigators
A whinge of crewmen
An excuse of engineers
A refusal of blunties
A collision of controllers....