A Murder of Crows: Choosing the Right Collective Noun
I have always found collective nouns in English interesting; everyone knows it is a 'pride of lions' but how about a collective noun for squirrels?
As I was working on 'The Ghost of Crow Cavern,' I found myself having to check collective nouns.
There is a scene in the book when the greys demonstrate their awe inspiring technology. In a pompous demonstration with the help of a device which they had stolen and adapted from the Cerebri, with the flick of a button they reap havoc on a flock of curious crows swooning around above them sending many to their deaths.
a horde/hover/muster/parcel and my absolute favourite and the one I used, a 'murder' of crows.
Murder! Yes it is a 'murder of crows', wonderfully fitting for the story I thought.
A similar thing happened when finding out what the collective name for weasels are. One was hoping for a word that somehow was a good fit to the context. In the story the weasels are devilish creatures to be avoided at all costs. So I checked the collective noun for a weasel and hoped for the best. These were the options:
Boogle/ confusion / gang / pack / sneak
I decided to use 'sneak' as it was the most ominous and the most fitting.
And in case you were wondering and didn't feel like checking the collective noun for squirrels is a dray or a scurry.