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dictionary of collective nouns and group terms

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Published by Gale Research Co. in Detroit .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • English language -- Terms and phrases.,
  • English language -- Collective nouns -- Dictionaries.

  • Edition Notes

    Bibliography: p. [8]

    StatementIvan G. Sparkes.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPE1689 .S69 1975b
    The Physical Object
    Pagination191 p. ;
    Number of Pages191
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL5185309M
    ISBN 100810320169
    LC Control Number75004117

    A murder of crows While most terms for groups of birds are linked to their song or habitat, this one has its roots in medieval folklore. Lewis adapts the title of Chaucer's poem to describe a council of owls who meet at night to discuss the affairs of Narnia. But beware: you may have a thousand-year wait. The contributor is a writer-subeditor at GQ, and very much available for freelance work. A misbelief of painters We're talking artists here, rather than decorators, and, in particular, painters of portraits.

    Therefore, deliberately using the wrong collective noun could add a useful connotation. As for the 80s new wave collective noun ensemble A Flock Of Seagulls, were they aware that "A Squabble" might have proved a more evocative statement? The group are changing their shirts. Kangaroos live in mobs, or groups that can range from 10 to more than

    Other common collective nouns are class, crowd, flock, panel, committee, group, audience, staff, and family. Two good examples of collective nouns are "team" and "government", which are both words referring to groups of usually people. Frankly, you've got a linguistic mountain to climb. In cases that a metonymic shift would be revealed nearby, the whole sentence should be recast to avoid the metonymy. A good example of such a metonymic shift in the plural-to-singular direction is the following sentence: "Mathematics is my favorite academic subject.


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Dictionary of collective nouns and group terms book

An Exaltation of Larks Fans of collective nouns are familiar with an exaltation of larks, which was the title of a book by James Lipton on collective nouns.

What Are Collective Nouns? (with Examples)

Instead, our forefathers noted in apes a kind of playful mischievousness, and in their day shrewdness meant wickedness.

But once we get out of the sea, the rules for what to generically call groups of creatures get more complicated. Plural example: The families attended the baseball game. And what do you call a group of fish? If, however, the noun is meant to emphasize the individual actions of the members of the larger group, you can use a plural verb.

Family takes a singular verb. A Melody of Harpers and a Poverty of Pipers What is surprising about The Book of Saint Albans is not that it contains words for groups of game animals, but that it contains a number of terms that aren't about the hunt at all: collective nouns for groups of people.

Staff can be singular or plural, depending on the context. This is why there aren't dictionary entries for the majority of the nouns, like a murder of crows.

So hawks came in casts, for two kept in a nobleman's hawking tower, or leashes, for three kept in a tower. If you are in a situation where you do want to emphasize the different individuals, consider adding a word to denote the members of the group.

The third has one eye on the TV and the other on his computer. They come in schools. Specific Questions about Collective Nouns Is team singular or plural?

It was successful at conquering the enemy. Susan Vanderveen also confirms - I respectively submit the information that a Bobolink and Whip-poor-will are not two terms for one bird. Therefore, collective nouns generally require singular verb forms. A shrewdness of apes At first glance, it's hard to believe that this collective noun was in use a full years ago.

Example: The army invades the camp. The male is black and white with a yellow cap on his head and the female is golden brown with brown markings.

The humorous nature of collective nouns means they are perpetually overlooked for inclusion — although a spokeswoman at Oxford Dictionaries pointed out that a "shrewdness of apes" was her personal favourite.

No, not that school : this particular word comes from a Middle Dutch word that refers to a group of animals together. For lexicographers, a word hasn't fully entered the language until it's used consistently in running prose without any sort of parenthetical explanation or gloss, and many of these terms haven't.

Misbelief meant an erroneous belief, rather than an inability or refusal to believe, so the painter's job was to conjure misbelief in those who viewed his work; to create the illusion of beauty even where he found none. A brace is a pair of anything and not specifically related to any animal.

Fish also come in shoalswhich comes from an Old English word that means "multitudes. This study I mentioned above concerns and tries to closely examine the phenomenon of collective nouns, and to be more specific, we will try to examine the concord with collective nouns in both British and American English of the 's, always with the hidden desire to finally come with a reasonable conclusion towards the end of the paper.

Talk:Collective noun

But that's not to say that swarm isn't applied to other creatures: a swarm of eels was once common enough to merit mention in our Unabridged Dictionary. Berners was likely brought up at court and evidently retained a taste for hawking and hunting after she took orders.

In this particular use, herd tends to be used of cattle or other bovine animals, and flock tends to be used of sheep and goats. For example, it is correct usage in both British English and American English usage to say: "None are so fallible as those who are sure they're right.

The Book of Saint Albans contains a list of many terms of venery at the end of the treatise on hunting, and while many of them are so familiar as to be unremarkable—a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions—some are rather fanciful. After eight hours sitting in the stuffy courtroom, the jury stretch, look at their watches, and head to their cars for the commute home.

Select the correct answer from the options that follow the sentence: Keys, marbles, and rubber bands were just a few of the things in the pile of objects in his drawer.Matching Verbs To Collective Nouns.

Collective nouns are nouns which stand for a group or collection of people or things. They include words such as audience, committee, police, crew, family, government, group, and team. In American English, most collective nouns are treated as singular, with a. In linguistics, a collective noun is a collection of things taken as a whole.

Most collective nouns in everyday speech are not specific to one kind of thing, such as the word "group", which can be applied to people ("a group of people") or dogs ("a group of dogs") or other things. Some collective nouns are specific to one kind of thing, especially terms of venery, which identify groups of.

Dec 21,  · Subtitle: Being a compendium of more than collective nouns, group terms, and phrases, that from medieval to modern times have described companies of persons, birds, insects, animals, professions, and objects Includes bibliographical references (page 11) and indexPages: A collective noun is a noun—such as team, committee, jury, squad, orchestra, crowd, audience, and family—that refers to a group of individuals.

It is also known as a group noun. In American English, collective nouns usually take singular verb forms.

A Drudge of Lexicographers Presents: Collective Nouns

Collective nouns can be replaced by both singular and plural pronouns, depending on their. Pronunciations, definitions, etymologies, and historical anecdotes make this beautiful book an entertaining read, a standout reference, and a visual treat.

Language lovers and art appreciators alike will be captivated by this gem, rich in word and image. Category: Reference A Dictionary Of Collective Nouns And Group Terms. What is surprising about The Book of Saint Albans is not that it contains words for groups of game animals, but that it contains a number of terms that aren't about the hunt at all: collective nouns for groups of people.

The inclusion of these fanciful names for groups of people hints that perhaps collective nouns are founded as much in whimsy as in fact.