By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 10:20 am Thu, Nov 15, 2012
For the record, squid come in shoals. Not quite as good as a squad. But still nicely alliterative.
Via Craig McClain
The name of my next band is Squid Squad.
But, language evolves, dammit! We can make this happen!
Yes! People should absolutely start using squad as the collective term and get it accepted as common usage.
For the record, squid come in shoals
That does it, no more swimming in shoals anymore.
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!”
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.
And is this post secretly a cat and girl cartoon, because ti feels like a cat and girl cartoon.
mmm… pony marmalade…
You’ve probably heard this joke, but in case you haven’t, three English scholars are walking down a street and happen to pass a group of ladies of the evening. They begin speculating as to what such a group should be called. “A jam of tarts?” suggests one. The second says, “Perhaps an essay of Trollopes.” The third says, “No, gentlemen, what we saw was a blare of strumpets.”
Someone else linked to that joke below… in that version the punchline was “an anthology of pros”….
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.
An archive of historians it is then. MAKE THIS HAPPEN, INTERNET!!!!
And a whorde of prostitutes.
The term really should be a Cthulhu of squid.
You win the internet. Please pick it up from the last person who won it.
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.
An argumentation of historians? No. Archive.
Glad you like it! My personal favourite is a clowder of cats.
Surely that should be squool of squid.
Alliterative? “A shoal of shquid?” Nope, I still don’t see it.
Seems like an appropriate place to unleash this old groaner.
Pretty good… pretty good.
Too bad it’s not on here or it could have been settled quickly.
She saw squid shoals in the sea soar?
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.
More importantly, why is the collective noun for bankers not a wunch?
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
where is the alliteration in a shoal of squid?
I’m pretty sure the collective noun for anything is a “holheapa”
“That’s a holheapa squid, Bob!”
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”.
Ah, the shame of being outed for stealing a popular text post from tumblr and posting it on facebook.
I’m not sure shoal and squid constitute an alliteration. /sh/ and /s/ are different sounds, just as /th/ and /t/ are different sounds.
I’m partial to “a sleuth of bears.”
It’s more often called an audience of squid.
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