A group of squid is called a ...

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  1. charming.quark says:

     The name of my next band is Squid Squad.

  2. Rich Keller says:

    But, language evolves, dammit! We can make this happen!

  3. mappo says:

    For the record, squid come in shoals
    That does it, no more swimming in shoals anymore.

  4. Christopher says:

    I saw the headline and then the large black mark directly underneath it, so, naturally, I thought, oh, okay, a group of squids is called…a big black mark? Did the squids ink all over it? If so I assume one then yelled, “Well pardon my anatomy!” 

  5. mindysan33 says:

    Some groups of animals have cool names…  I think the best might be a “murder” of crows.   A shrewdness of apes is kind of neat. A congregation of alligators.An obstinacy of bison. A clattering of Chough. A consortium of crab. A gang of deer…. I’m much more nervous of having deer in my back yard now…  Sorry. I could go on for days, cause these are great. Can we do this with human beings too?  Can we call it an archive of historians, for example? 

    EDIT: Okay, sorry, one more – a marmalade of ponies. One more time, that’s a marmalade of ponies.

  6. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Go ahead and call them a squad. I mean, who is this self-appointed group that decides what common usage will be? And remember what happened to Santorum. If you say it often enough, Google will make you the winner.

  7. Ken Anderson says:

    The term really should be a Cthulhu of squid.

  8. avoision says:

    Looking at all the different collective nouns out there is pretty fun.

    On a related note, a friend of mine has done some custom illustrations of various collective nouns. My favorite one is an obstinacy of buffaloes.

  9. wreckrob8 says:

    Surely that should be squool of squid.

  10. Mark says:

    Alliterative? “A shoal of shquid?” Nope, I still don’t see it.

  11. allium says:

    Seems like an appropriate place to unleash this old groaner.

  12. tylerdurden says:

    Too bad it’s not on here or it could have been settled quickly.

  13. Gutierrez says:

    She saw squid shoals in the sea soar?

  14. Henry Pootel says:

    What’s a group of sherpas called? I was thinking “shemp” would be good, but I think that’s more appropriate for a group of knuckleheads.

  15. Paul says:

    More importantly, why is the collective noun for bankers not a wunch?

  16. Uncle Geo says:

    I’m looking at a posse of wild turkeys out my office window right now -which I know from this nice long list (which, unfortunately, has not been updated to include a binder of women): http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Pointless/AnimalGroups.html

  17. Ansvars Bud says:

    where is the alliteration in a shoal of squid?

  18. eviladrian says:

    I’m pretty sure the collective noun for anything is a “holheapa”

    “That’s a holheapa squid, Bob!”

  19. BillStewart2012 says:

    Is your source for “shoals” a British or American usage?  Americans refer to large groups of fish as “schools”, while Brits refer to them as “shoals”, thus the Red Dwarf theme song refers to “goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes”.

  20. Jello says:

    Ah, the shame of being outed for stealing a popular text post from tumblr and posting it on facebook.

  21. ari bieler says:

    I’m not sure shoal and squid constitute an alliteration.  /sh/ and /s/ are different sounds, just as /th/ and /t/ are different sounds.

  22. Greg Tulonen says:

    I’m partial to “a sleuth of bears.”

  23. sommelier says:

    It’s more often called an audience of squid.

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