The wee ones (was Re: badassery)

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at COX.NET
Fri Mar 16 17:00:08 UTC 2012

On 3/16/2012 4:25 AM, W Brewer wrote:

> JL:<<<  A "clowder" of cats.  Or a "chowder" of clams. (Hey, why the hell
> not?). Use these and others in conversation and watch your friends
> disappear.>>
> WB: A can of sardines. A kettle of fish. A six-pack of puppies. A casserole
> of kittens.

The question was (in some mildly serious interest) not "what are
collections called, I've that beat to death several times.

My question was something like "Are there rules for referring to the
young of various animals"?  E. g. "poults" (turkeys and others including
some where "chick" is common), "kits" (foxes), "kittens" (cats),
"puppies" (dogs).

What are those rules?

Requiescas in pace o email           Two identifying characteristics
                                         of System Administrators:
Ex turpi causa non oritur actio      Infallibility, and the ability to
                                         learn from their mistakes.
ICBM Data:        (Adapted from Stephen Pinker)

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list