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October 26, 2003

A Jam of Tarts

One of the books I bought to study on during the great national championship trivia run of 1995 (no, I've never written about it) was James Lipton's An Exaltation of Larks, with the intention that I would memorize the major animal nouns of assemblage.

You know, Murder of Crows, Swarm of Bees, Pride of Lions, School of Fish.

I forget how many I got through before giving up. There are hundreds and hundreds, and I was lucky if I saw a question dealing with that rather arcane area of knowledge more than once a month.

Every time we did see a dealing with terms of venery (the more correct term for nouns of assemblage, though hardly a more descriptive one) we reminded ouselves of the term we coined for a group of sorority girls.

A group of sorority girls was of course a "Suck of Sisters."

A "Lewinsky of Sisters" would convey the same contextual information today that the term carried for us back in the mid-80's.

Yes, it was very male-chauvinist pig of us. But, given our aquaintances in the Carolina sisterhood of the time, girls that we really really liked, I should point out, all of whom are now happily married to other men, it was also very descriptive.

Very, very descriptive.

Blame the above on Da Goddess, who brought all this back to mind when she tossed in a casual aside about attempting to figure out a collective name for a group of bloggers in a recent email. She eventually settled on a "A Hit of Bloggers", but I like mine better.

"A Narcissus of Bloggers"

Make of it what you will. I think it the Platonic ideal of apt.


Update: Completist that I am, I couldn't consider this post finished until I found a half-remembered joke that dealt with the nouns of assemblage, from Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor

Four scholars, on a walk off campus, encountered a group of ladies clearly of that class described as being of easy virtue.
"Ah," said one of the scholars," a jam of tarts."
"Not at all," said the second, "say, rather, a flourish of strumpets."
"Or," said the third, "an essay of Trollope's."
And the fourth said, "Rather, I think, an anthology of pros."

Posted by Bigwig at October 26, 2003 10:51 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

Well, I like Narcissus of Bloggers. But, that should only apply to those who consider themselves above all others. Does that apply to you? Nope. Me? Hardly.

There are more terms that I'm getting ready to post. We can subdivide bloggers and terms easily as you'll soon see.

Let me know what you think!

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 27, 2003 12:43 AM

Easy -- a Roll of Bloggers (blogroll, get it?)

Ahem. I'll leave now.

Posted by: cj at October 28, 2003 12:55 AM
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