An implausability of Gnu’s – Collective nouns

It might seem like a weird heading for a post but  an implausibility of Gnu’s is one of my favourite collective nouns.


Collective nouns are the words we use to describe groups, groups of people, animals and birds. Collective nouns have been circulating in the  English language since at least 1486, when The Book of Saint Albans included a list of 165 collective names. It included collective  nouns such as melody of harpers, a sentence of judges and a drunkship of cobblers.

The collective nouns of animals vary widely in their origins. Some are named for their characteristic behaviour, such as a leap of leopards, some like a burden of mules were used to describe their use to humans and some were named after the personalities they were believed to possess, such as an unkindness of ravens, a busyness of ferrets or a skulk of foxes.

Woop studios illustrates collective nouns, it is their wonderful prints that i have included on this page. Amongst my favourites are:

An embarrassment of Pandas                                                   A murder of Crows

pandas crows-c


A parliament of Owls                                                                           A murmuration of Starlings

rhinos magpies-joy  A crash of Rhinos                                                      and                        A tiding of Magpies

I just love them!

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