In the Arabic language, shajar 'forest' as a collective noun
A lexicon at the end of the book cross-references bird species and their collective nouns
, and there is also a list of diversionary nouns - such as a bowl of corncrakes.
such as committee, family, or team are all too often erroneously defined as semantically plural but grammatically singular, as nouns that have "singular form but plural meaning" (Chelaru-Ionita and Bantas 1981:224).
In that group there were formally singular collective nouns
referring to a number of individuals, all uniformly part of the collective.
The pupils were asked to focus on one animal, devise a collective noun
for their chosen creature and also either a piece of artwork or poetry to explore their idea.
Another apparent exception to the syntactic rule is found with collective nouns
The paper provides a synchronic analysis of selected countable, uncountable and collective nouns
in the early eighteenth century English.
And we use the better-known collective nouns
for groups of animals in our everyday conversation.
As threatened on Saturday, we are ready to unleash a snort of new collective nouns
suggested by readers.
For example, she helpfully gives us the collective nouns
for all manner of birds.
In endeavouring to discover the answer to Brian's poser, I stumbled across a whole series of collective nouns
that may not necessarily have the official seal of approval of The Oxford English Dictionary, but have been contrived to perfectly encapture the spirit of what they are describing.
RESPONSES to our challenge to find new collective nouns
are coming in thick and fast.