Collective Nounitude: Zombies

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Zombies

Zombie Apocalypse by  Joe-Roberts (DeviantART) used with artist's permission. Check out more of his work at joeroberts.co.uk

Zombie Apocalypse by Joe-Roberts (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission. Check out more of Joe’s work on his website: joeroberts.co.uk

Most Common:

A Horde of Zombies

(this wasn’t the most common in my searches, but from my experience “zombie horde” is commonly used in books/movies/TV so is the one most people would use/think of and since this isn’t a very official collective noun and a couple of people in forums also agree with horde, I’m sticking with it :P)

Alternatives:

A Stagger of Zombies

A Moan of Zombies

A Shamble of Zombies

A Thriller of Zombies

A Shuffle of Zombies

An Apocalypse of Zombies

A Plague of Zombies

A Splatter of Zombies

A Shudder of Zombies

A Hunger of Zombies

A Reek of Zombies

A Shaun of Zombies (Ha!)

A Lurch of Zombies

A Fondness of Zombies

A Zeppelin of Zombies
(well, that’s a terrifying thought!)

A Rotting of Zombies

A Copse of Zombies

A Morgue of Zombies

A Scourge of Zombies

A Death of Zombies

A Sizwe Dhlomo of Zombies
(I had to look this guy up to see why this makes sense/is funny. Apparently he’s a radio/TV presenter and businessman in Africa but I have no idea why someone thought his name would be a good collective noun for zombies O.O)

A Graveyard of Zombies

A Scathe of Zombies

A Stumble of Zombies

A Munch of Zombies

A Chuckle of Zombies

A Bloodthirst of Zombies

An Implacable of Zombies

A Scrum of Zombies

A Decomposition of Zombies

A Shawn of Zombies
(someone already beat you to it guy – and with the right spelling :P)

A Simonpegg of Zombies
(lots of Shaun of the Dead love in the world of collective nouns for zombies!)

A Romero of Zombies

A Swoon of Zombies

A Stench of Zombies

A Brains Trust of Zombies

A Fester of Zombies

A Daze of Zombies

A Shaaamo of Zombies
(I also had to look this one up and I still have no idea what it’s meant to mean…)

A Vexation of Zombies
(I love this one because it sounds like what proper Victorian ladies/gentlemen would pick for a collective noun – “Oh my, these undead are rather vexing aren’t they? Not at all seemly and they do ruin ones tea break most awfully” – plus it comes from this fantastic poster of Supernatural Collective Nouns which has so many rippers!)

My suggestions:

Man, there are so many good suggestions I don’t know if I can come up with any more!

Here goes nothing:

A Herd of Zombies

A Nom of Zombies

A Knash of Zombies

A Void of Zombies
(this may be my fave suggestion because it makes me think of creepy empty eyes, with matching empty brains, plus I know if zombies were a reality I would certainly be avoiding them :P)

Zombies RAR by seandunkley used with artist's permission. Check out more of Sean's work on his Tumblr page - http://seandunkley.tumblr.com/

Zombies RAR by seandunkley (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission. Check out more of Sean’s work on his Tumblr page – seandunkley.tumblr.com

 Reason for choice:

Mainly curiosity, but also because I’ve been reading The Living Dead zombie anthology a lot, and watching The Walking Dead on Tuesdays 🙂

A bunch of different zombie stories by different authors? What's not to love?

Sources:

collectivenoun.co.uk

all-sorts.org

Wiktionary

Wondermark
(home of the Supernatural Collective Nouns poster 🙂 )

timkanebooks.com
(stumble of zombies, but also has some other great suggestions for horror creatures)

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Collective Nounitude: Swans

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Swans

The Wild Swans by kelleybean86 (DeviantART) used with artist's permission Check out more of her beautiful art at kmcmorris.com

The Wild Swans
by kelleybean86 (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission
Check out more of her beautiful art at kmcmorris.com

Most Common:

A Bevy of Swans

Alternatives:

A Wedge of Swans (flying in a V)

A Bank of Swans (on the ground)

A Drift of Swans

A Eyrar of Swans

A Flight of Swans

A Game of Swans

A Herd of Swans

A Lamentation of Swans

A Sownder of Swans

A Team of Swans

A Whiting of Swans

A Whiteness of Swans

A Squadron of Swans

A Moron of Swans (not from a swan fan obviously :/)

 a Taleb of swans (Ha! It’s ballet backwards!….except spelt wrong..)

A Serenity of Swans

A Neck of Swans

A Pen of Swans

A Grace of Swans

An Elegance of Swans

A Lake of Swans

A Glide of Swans

A Bottleneck of Swans

My suggestions:

An Ugly Duckling of Swans (for a group of awkward signets)

A Float of Swans

A Hiss of Swans

Swans Finals Campaign by Bojan1558 (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Swans Finals Campaign
by Bojan1558 (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for choice:

Reading Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, where the characters often mention giant, carnivorous swans 😛shadesofgrey

Sources:

Wikipedia

rinkworks.com

collectivenoun.co.uk

all-sorts.org

Collective Nounitude: Rats

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Rats

Rats by winterlest (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Rats
by winterlest (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Most Common:

A Colony of Rats

Alternatives:

A Horde of Rats

A Mischief of Rats

A Pack of Rats

A Plague of Rats

A Swarm of Rats

 A Gargle of Rats

A Tattletale of Rats

My suggestions:

A Skitter of Rats

A Squeak of Rats

A Wave of Rats

A Society of Rats

Three super-cute beige rat babies by Kristen Ankiewicz (aka artmonstergirl - Flickr) used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons Licence

Three super-cute beige rat babies by Kristen Ankiewicz (aka artmonstergirl – Flickr) used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons Licence

Reason for choice:

Reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman which has a whole underground society of rats, and a race which reveres them called the Rat-Speakers. Plus there’s a nice rat picture on the cover 🙂neverwhere

Sources:

Rinkwords.com

www.hintsandthings.co.uk

collectivenoun.co.uk

all-sorts.org 

Collective Nounitude: Ghosts

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Ghosts

Jelly Ghosts by ~Whimsnicole (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Jelly Ghosts by ~Whimsnicole (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Most Common:

A Fraid of Ghosts

Alternatives:

A Fright of Ghosts

A Haunt of Ghosts

A Haunting of Ghosts

A Scream of Ghosts

A Spook of Ghosts

A Whoooooooooo of Ghosts (hehe)

A Boo of Ghosts

A Spookle of Ghosts

A Preternature of Ghosts

My suggestions:

A Shiver of Ghosts (this suggestion is actually from my workmate, Lewis)

A Wisp of Ghosts

A Wraith of Ghosts

An Unfinished Business of Ghosts

It still haunted her by rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

It still haunted her by rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for choice:

Being borderline obsessed with the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane 😛

Sources:

collectivenoun.co.uk

all-sorts.org

Collective Nounitude: Cats

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Cats

Cats by *twapa (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Cats by *twapa (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Most Common:

A Clowder of Cats

Alternatives:

A Clutter of Cats

A Cluster of Cats

A Glaring of Cats

A Pounce of Cats

A Comfort of Cats

A Chowder of Cats

An Indifferance of Cats

A Curiosity of Cats

A Lol of Cats (Ha!)

A Boss of Cats

A Nap of Cats

A _____ of Cats (Ok…)

An Unhappiness of Cats

A Disdain of Cats

A Concatenation of Cats

An Inconvinience of Cats

A Suffocation of Cats

A Scowl of Cats

A Belittle of Cats

A Hairball of Cats

A Pussygalore of Cats

A Superiority of Cats

A Daub of Cats

A Governance of Cats

A Scatter of Cats

A Shreik of Cats

A Yowling of Cats

A Langour of Cats

A Cornucopia of Cats (that one creates a hilarious image!)

A Distraction of Cats

A Destruction of (Wild) Cats

A Dout of (House) Cats

A Nusaince of (House) Cats

A Kendle of Cats (Kittens)

A Kindle of Cats (Kittens)

A Litter of Cats (Kittens)

An Intrigue of Cats (Kittens)

A Sackful of Kittens ( 😦  😡 )

A Squirm of Kittens

A YouTube of Kittens

A Cute of Kittens

A Mewling of Kittens

A Mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt of Kittens

A Mewl of Kittens

A Tribble of Kittens (Lol!)

A Sack Load of Kittens (again – 😦 + 😡 )

My suggestions:

Holy cow there is a lot out there already! More than Spiders!

I’ll try to come up with a few new ones:

A Stretch of Cats

A Lounge of (House) Cats

A Spit of (Feral/Wild) Cats

A Fluff of Kittens

big cats by *koyamori (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

big cats
by *koyamori (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for choice:

This one is purely from my day-day life and not inspired by my reads at all, BUT! I have read quite a few books featuring fancy felines so that makes it ok. The day-to-day life reason is that me and my best friend Sarah were discussing why cats often go away somewhere to die when they’re old and sick (as you do when you have minds as twisted as ours) and that led to what a group of cats was called because I had the theory that in a group of feral cats, dying near their “home” would bring disease and scavengers so it would be in the best interest of the group to remove oneself from the area. We looked it up, exclaimed about how “a destruction of wild cats” had a great ring to it, then Sarah suggested I make it my next collective noun, and voila!

Sources:

Wikipedia

Rinkwords.com

www.hintsandthings.co.uk

collectivenoun.co.uk

all-sorts.org (Cats)

all-sorts.org (Kittens)

Collective Nounitude: Ravens

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Ravens

Ravens by *AngelaRizza (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Ravens by *AngelaRizza (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Most Common:

An Unkindness of  Ravens

Alternatives:

A Storytelling of Ravens

A Conspiracy of Ravens

A Murder of Ravens

A Raucous of Ravens

A Congress of Ravens

A Tower of Ravens

A Swarth of Ravens

An Onyx of Ravens

My suggestions:

A Reaping of Ravens

A Scavenge of Ravens

A Cloak of Ravens

An Omen of Ravens

Try to turn back time by *rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Try to turn back time by *rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for choice:

As with my Owls and Foxes Collective Nounitude posts, this one is party because I really like Ravens but also it is prompted by me reading the first three volumes of The Sandman Graphic Novels by Neil Gaiman, which feature a couple of ravens, and my purchase of a piece of Sandman fan art from Swancon which is of The Sandman with a beautifully inked raven perched on his arm 🙂

Sources:

Wikipedia

www.rinkworks.com

collectivenoun.co.uk (unkindness)

collectivenoun.co.uk (conspiracy)

allsorts.org

Collective Nounitude: Foxes

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Foxes

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EF OU EX by =Culpeo-Fox (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Most Common:

A Skulk of Foxes

Alternatives:

A Leash of Foxes

A Lead of Foxes

An Earth of Foxes

A Sly of Foxes

A Nursery of Foxes

A News of Foxes (Ha! coz of Fox news, I get it)

A Mandelsson of Foxes (that one confused me…I googled it and I think there’s a
Fox news presenter called Mandelson? I dunno, we don’t really have Fox news in Oz)

A Glee of Foxes

A Fly of Foxes

My suggestions:

A Fleet of Foxes

A Streak of Foxes

A Shadow of Foxes

A Fire of Foxes

The Grinning and the Staring by =Culpeo-Fox (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

The Grinning and the Staring by =Culpeo-Fox (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

Reason for choice:

I’ve loved foxes since I was a little girl (longer than owls actually – shocking I know!)
but this is specifically inspired by the cache of new fox jewellery i bought recently –
a fox necklace and two fox rings (one matching the necklace) from Oz Comic Con
which join another fox ring that I wear everyday 🙂

Sources:

Wikipedia

www.rinkworks.com

collectivenoun.co.uk (skulk)

collectivenoun.co.uk (earth)

allsorts.org