Fun Fridays – October 29, 2021

Collective Nouns

I have a book of collective nouns that merely proves that English is a strange language (A Compendium of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios, Chronicle Books, 2013).

For example:
A scourge of mosquitoes
A quiver of cobras
A town of prairie dogs
A skulk of foxes

Which made me wonder. Why should the animals have all the fun? So I thought of some unconventional collective nouns that don’t exist. Guaranteed to either offend or make you laugh:

A potluck of Baptists
A selection of Calvinists
A shout of Pentecostals
A sprinkle of Presbyterians
A mass of Catholics
A silence of Quakers
A buggy of Amish
An anecdote of preachers

Can you add to the above collection? Or
can you fill in the blanks below?

A __________ of writers
A __________ of literary agents (Be very careful with this one!)
A __________ of publishers
A __________ of editors
A __________ of book proposals

30 Responses to Fun Fridays – October 29, 2021

  1. Amy Lively October 29, 2021 at 5:12 am #

    A scrawl of writers
    A crony of literary agents
    A press of publishers
    A slash of editors
    A pitch of book proposals

  2. Terri Gillespie October 29, 2021 at 5:21 am #

    A quill of writers
    A proxy of literary agents (Be very careful with this one!)
    A realm of publishers
    A coach of editors
    A tender of book proposals

  3. Lester L. Stephenson October 29, 2021 at 5:28 am #

    A pen of writers
    A contract of literary agents (Be very careful with this one!)
    A book of publishers
    A grammar of editors
    A slush of book proposals

  4. Debby Kratovil October 29, 2021 at 5:46 am #

    A binder of writers
    A database of literary agents
    A warehouse of publishers
    A pencil pouch of editors
    A pink slip of book proposals

  5. marilyn pardine October 29, 2021 at 5:55 am #

    A churchyard of writers
    A handful of agents
    An army of publishers
    A drill of editors
    A mountain of book proposals

    Marilyn Pardine

    • Toni Rypkema October 31, 2021 at 5:13 am #

      A catch of writers
      A weave of literary agents
      A hobble of publishers
      An eyeball of editors
      A talent of book proposals

  6. Diane Ashley October 29, 2021 at 6:00 am #

    A novel of writers
    A discernment of literary agents
    A series of publishers
    A correction of editors
    A tsunami of book proposals

  7. Damon J. Gray October 29, 2021 at 6:00 am #

    A conference of writers.
    A trophy of agents.
    A press of publilshers.
    A revisal of editors.
    A pique of book proposals.

  8. Joy Godbold October 29, 2021 at 6:56 am #

    Love the unconventional ones!

    A line-drive aggregate of literary agents

  9. Dave Miller October 29, 2021 at 7:20 am #

    A block of writers
    A banner of literary agents
    A ream of publishers
    A mark of editors
    A slough of book proposals

  10. Kay DiBianca October 29, 2021 at 7:34 am #

    A hammer of editors.
    An inkling of publishers.
    A shrewdness of literary agents.
    A novelty of writers.
    A chaos of book proposals.

  11. Virginia Sue Graham October 29, 2021 at 7:43 am #

    A wealth of writers
    A litter of literary agents (as in kittens!)
    A plethora of publishers
    A eddy of editors
    A proof of book proposals

  12. Sharon K Connell October 29, 2021 at 8:16 am #

    How about:
    A creation of writers
    A promotion of literary agents (Be very careful with this one!)
    An issue of publishers
    A modification of editors
    A summary of book proposals

  13. Brad Dixon October 29, 2021 at 8:26 am #

    a scribble of writers
    a refusal of literary agents
    a writer’s market of publishers
    a groan of editors
    a tedium of book proposals

  14. Gail Purath October 29, 2021 at 8:39 am #

    A Column of writers
    A Representation of literary agents (Be very careful with this one!)
    A Press of publishers
    A Tweak of editors
    A Expectant of book proposals

  15. Judi Clarke October 29, 2021 at 8:56 am #

    A conveyance of writers
    An advocate of literary agents
    A neighborhood of publishers
    A shape of editors (Andrew took my first and favorite – slash)
    A hope of book proposals

  16. Tim Eichenbrenner October 29, 2021 at 9:03 am #

    A mess of Methodists.

  17. Sally Friscea October 29, 2021 at 9:06 am #

    A dispairing of writers
    An imploring of literary agents
    A query of publishers
    An erasure of editors
    A kindling of book proposals

  18. Susan Sage October 29, 2021 at 10:05 am #

    That was so funny. Here are my offerings:
    A blog of writers
    A library of agents
    A mosh pit of publishers
    A manual of editors
    An ocean of book proposals

  19. Les Linz October 29, 2021 at 10:21 am #

    A ___quill_______ of writers
    A ____highly esteemed company______ of literary ggents (Be very careful with this one!)
    A _____swamp_____ of publishers
    A ____collection______ of editors
    A _____pile_____ of book proposals

    Per your advice, I was careful with the literary agents.

  20. Robert Boeck October 29, 2021 at 10:23 am #

    A gaggle of writers.
    A line of literary agents.
    A flock of publishers.
    A wake of editors.
    A mountain of book proposals.

  21. Steve Laube October 29, 2021 at 10:23 am #

    You all are having far too much fun with this!


  22. Lois Alan October 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm #

    A feign of writers

    A pillar of literary agents

    An apex of publishers

    An elision of editors

    A fodder of book proposals

  23. Lorraine Pintus October 29, 2021 at 1:08 pm #

    A pen of writers.
    A gaggle of agents.
    A volume of publishers.
    A stet of editors
    A slush of book proposals.

  24. Ann L Coker October 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm #

    I agree with Steve.
    Since I found my choices in several of the submission, let it stand at that.

  25. Sally Valentine Steinmiller October 29, 2021 at 1:58 pm #

    A reformation of Lutherans.

  26. Jim October 29, 2021 at 6:03 pm #

    An inkwell of writers
    A manilla envelop of literary agents
    A printer of publishers
    A blue-pencil of editors
    A pile of book proposals

  27. Lois Keffer October 30, 2021 at 12:11 pm #

    A draft of writers
    A discretion of literary agents
    A piranha of publishers
    A wisdom of editors
    A landfill of book proposals

  28. Carol Walt November 1, 2021 at 12:55 am #

    A pitch of writers
    A query of literary agents
    A oversee/acquisition of publishers
    A concierge of editors
    A blurb of book proposals

  29. TLC Nielsen November 1, 2021 at 7:48 pm #

    A wealth of writers
    A pride of publishers
    A correspondence of literary agents
    An ease of editors
    Baggage of book proposals

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