a five of fridays

I am a huge word geek (show love for the linguistics majors, my friends) and one of my favorite things is collective nouns. So I am all over this Friday Five: What would be a good collective name for your family, as in “A _____ of Joneses?” We are a hug of Halse-Anderson-Larrabees. What would be a good collective name for your closest group of friends? Ummm… a babble of buddies. What would be a good collective name for the stuff in your desk? A despair of detritus. What would be a good collective name for your next-door neighbors? A glower of strangers. What would be a good collective name for the people in your line of work, as in “A _____ of accountants?” I am stuck here. Which do you like best? 1. A scribble of authors. 2. A shelf of authors. 3. An imagination of authors. What are your Friday Five today? Meg Rosoff: YA author? Adult author? Does it matter? Tell me true.
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  1. Posted October 26, 2007 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    “Scribble” is cool. I’d propose “a plot of authors,” but, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, plot isn’t very popular among authors these days. As for the family noun, I think I’d be gathered with a wisp of Lubars since my extended family is minuscule.

    Linguistics definitely rocks. I still have my text books.

  2. Posted October 26, 2007 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    1. A nap of us.
    2. A note of us.
    3. A threat of papers.
    4. A sheen of neighbors.
    5. A binder of [high-achieving, hyper-organized, insanely-high-expectations charter school network] teachers.

  3. Posted October 26, 2007 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    An index of accountants?

  4. Posted October 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Inkwell of writers?

  5. Posted October 26, 2007 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    a scribble of authors, definitely!

  6. Posted October 26, 2007 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    1- a sing of balentines/libicks/kings/chatfields/osbournes

    2- two groups: a shot of us. a chouch of us. (chouch is a made up word meaning any upholstered furniture- comes from a blend of chair and couch)

    3- a neglect of antiquities.

    4- a loud of young-ness.

    5- gossip of snackbar amazings.

    i should think on these and change my answers once i have come up with more coherent/eloquent responces.

  7. Posted October 26, 2007 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Probably not the best.

    A Giggle of Fields’

    A Fascination of Friends.

    A Design of Dust Creatures.

    An Assortment of Aquaintances.

    A Collection of Billers.
    [I Do Medical Billing]

  8. Posted October 27, 2007 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    I AM WRITING THIS TO YOU ON LEOPARD!!

    I will email you pictures in the morning so that you can blog them.

  9. Posted October 27, 2007 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    How about an insecurity of authors?

    • Posted October 27, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      That is an awesome answer!!!

  10. Posted October 27, 2007 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    a thesaurus of authors
    a library of authors
    an allegory of authors…yes, this one!!

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