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?

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