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One under-observed joy of English wordplay is the construction of collective nouns. We’re all familiar with a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, a flock of seagulls. Word-fans seeking a pleasant discussion of collective nouns should look for James Lipton’s An Exaltation of Larks, which lists hundreds of terms of venery, including a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a slouch of supermodels, a score of bachelors and so forth.
Let’s try this with common barbershop terms. There’s a chorus of singers, of course, and also…
- an embarrassment of baritones
- a wave of chorus directors
- a bank of treasurers
- a huddle of judges
- a confusion of leads
- a bray of baritones
- a shimmer of tenors
- a polish of coaches
- a rumble of basses
- a giggle of writers
- a clutch of barbershop spouses
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