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I was at a Kurt Vonnegut talk in New York a few years ago.
"D e a d" W o r d s Some words in the English language tend to be overused and therefore lose their power.
One of the craziest oddities of the English language is that there are so many different collective nouns that all mean "group" but which are specific to what particular thing there is a group of: a herd of elephants, a crowd of people, a box of crayons, a pad of paper, etc. There is great diversity of collective nouns associated with animals, from a sleuth of bears to a murder of crows. The following is a list of the correct terms to describe groups of various types of animals.