> a doughnut shop of policemen.
> if you feel that this is at all workable, please don't credit my name or
of a single-word variant and failing, i thought i'd ask you for help.
Any ideas? Or other suggestions?
> a bed of mattresses.
matresses nearby, can you say "hey, there's a bed of matresses in
> (If a noun has the same singular and plural spelling
> like paint or water, does an adjective describing it count as a
> collective noun? i.e. A stream of water.)
> (have these violated the idea of a collective noun? I am assuming that
> to you, a collective noun is a noun that means a group, collection, or a
> lot of something.)
However, i try to include only those that are used to describe, in some
strict way, the collection, and not the number, type, or container of the
objects. If a word is used in _both_ senses, i include it. I intend to
put together a rules page, of which i have a rough draft, as time
allows. :) I get several pieces of mail a day from this page alone, so
it keeps me pretty busy.
> A house of blues.
[When i wrote this response, i wasn't intentionally facetious. I realize now that "blues" here might refer to the musical genre. Though i'm still not sure.]
> a rack of clothes
> an album of songs
> an encroachment of fence-builders.
> An embellishment of exaggerators.
> A thrombosis of heart specialists.
> An assassination of gangsters.
"prominent person" (Webster's II). I like "a murder of gangsters"
better, but it's been done, so to speak (crows). I also like "a stupid
of gangsters", but that just reflects my personal attitudes. Any other
suggestion for gangsters? Or would you like me to pose the question to
the mailing list?
[I have since added "a knuckle of gangsters", as suggested by
Alexandra Irvin, email@example.com. In her words: " It seems to have
the right combination of brutality (fists) and stupidity (knucklehead?).".]
> An obfuscation of philosophers/politicians/economists.
than one class of objects, i'd much rather they be very closely related,
like [for example] "[an] incantation of witches/warlocks". English is wonderously
diverse; there's no need for this sort of duplicity. Don't you agree?
> A rasher of bacon
to also define it as a collection of slices of bacon.
> A school of thought.
> A body of works. (the collected works of one author)
(i believe it's "a body of work")
it were "a school of thoughts", then it would be a collective noun.
> A [forest] of trees.
alone does not make "forest" the collective noun for trees. By
analogy, "office" is not the collective noun for desks simply because it
[This is only slightly different from rule #3 above, which excludes containers. (which "forest" and "office" aren't considered, typically)]
> * A spectre of ghosts
> * A belief of opinions
> * A social of friends
> * A round of applause