I was walking down the street the other day with a friend, when we saw three window cleaners, each with a ladder over one shoulder and a bucket in their hand, walking in perfect formation.
"What's the collective noun for window cleaners?" my friend asked.
Some other wonderful collective nouns - all true:
- Ambush of Tigers
- Charm of Finches
- Congregation of Alligators
- Crash of Rhinoceroses
- Glaring of Cats
- Smack of Jellyfish
- Tower of Giraffes
You can find more collective animal nouns on Wiki.
- Amble of Walkers
- Array of Luminaries
- Bestiary of Mythological Creatures
- Exaggeration of Fishermen
- Field of Theoretical Physicists
- Formation of Geologists
- Gaggle of Gays
- Gatling of Woodpeckers
- Number of Mathematicians
- Ponder of Philosophers
- Shower of Applied Meteorologists
- Sprig of Vegetarians
- Stack of Librarians
- Unease of Compromises
Just for equality purposes, I would also like to add: A Straight of Heterosexuals.
And, really, there ought to be a Blush of Brides.
Don't even mention Collective Nouns for Lawyers.