Murder, Mischief and Pandemonium.

I dedicated my morning to beads.

I have washed vintage ones, strung pearl ones and thrown a tantrum over uncooperative glass ones.

Eventually allowing myself to stop for a cuppa, I wondered what the collective noun was for a group of crows....

The noun in question is murder. A group of crows is as murder of crows. Isn't that wonderful? There are other such peculiar gems! Here are some that caught my fancy:

  • A drunkenship of cobblers
  • A hastiness of cooks
  • A piteousness of doves
  • A mischief of mice
  • A parliament of owls
  • A pandemonium of parrots
  • An ostentation of peacocks
  • A unkindness of ravens
  • A lamentation of swans

I do like fancy strings of words. They are just as precious to me as my beads.

What are your favourite unexpected collective nouns?


  1. I knew of a murder of crows and a parliament of owls back in school. I haven't heard of the rest and I already felt so smug knowing the collective nouns for crows and owls. Well, my friend got pecked at by magpies and crows and she required stitches. I definitely see how "murder" came about.

  2. Spelling mistake:

    A paliament of owls

  3. When reading a list of collective nouns like this, I can't help but wonder who it was who came up with the terms and if they ever sounded serious - I love them, but they are just so silly! My favourite is a waddle of penguins :)

  4. I once had an A-Z book of collective nouns which I've sadly lost. They're so evocative. I also like:

    a worship of writers
    a lounge of lizards


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