With many thanks to Cissi for the idea…
According to the Urban Dictionary (the unreliability of the source notwithstanding), the phrase “shower of bastards” is Irish slang for a “group of not altogether nice people.”
As in, “Look at that shower of bastards over there. They’re not even drinking Guinness.” Oi, what a bunch of gobshites.
Anyway, this got me thinking about how many colorful, surprising, and just plain odd collective nouns there are. Wikipedia of course names all of them but here’s a few of my favorites:
A glaring of cats. (Hehe…I’ve certainly been glared at by my cat)
A coffle of asses.
A shrewdness of apes.
A chin of beards. (This one made me laugh out loud.)
A singular of boars.
A cheat of bursars. (A bursar is the person responsible for billing you at a college or university.)
A threat of courtiers.
A murder of crows.
A busyness of ferrets.
A parliament of owls.
A storytelling of crows.
A drunkenship of cobblers. (You know, those guys who make and repair shoes.)
A neverthriving of jugglers. (Does this tell us something about juggling as a possible career choice?)
A number of mathematicians (Hahaha. This one might be a bit dubious.)
An obstinacy of buffalo.
A scathe of zombies.
An ugly of walruses.
And my number one all time favorite:
A sad of emos. (I shit you not)
Until next time…