I've always had a bit of a fascination with collective nouns. They delight me rather more than they should. Some of my favourites that spring to mind, include:
- a kindle of kittens
- a charm of goldfinch
- a murder of crows (or ravens?)
- a parliament of owls
- a knot of toads
a) do you have any collective nouns you love?
b) can we make up some of our own?
For example, what should a group of writers be called? A chapter of writers? Perhaps that sounds a bit too like a religious sect. How about a curiosity of writers?
If you have/had a non-writing day job, what do you think you (and your colleagues) should be called? An explosion of electricians? A database of software developers? A weariness of stay-at-home-mums-with-toddlers?
My degree was a mixture of biology and anthopology. I'm going to plump for... hmmmm... a puddle of biologists and a nosiness of anthropologists. But perhaps you can do better with your profession?