"like a herd of turtles"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jun 7 13:17:39 UTC 2014

At 6/6/2014 09:30 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

>Is that like a "crash" of rhinos?

I've been wondering what the received collective is.  Or is a "herd
of turtles" impossible, like herding cats? ...

"Bale", "dole", and "nest".  Wikipedia's article "List of collective
nouns in English"; its authorities are the Zoological Society of San
Diego and the U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.


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