Extra Credit: A Gaggle of Plurals

Listener Challenge

Friday, April 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM

A 'gaggle' of public radio hosts? A "pomposity" of public radio hosts? (Julia Lowrie Henderson)

When I was 13 I knew about schools of fish and gaggles of geese. Then I read a little book of my mom's called An Exultation of Larks. Ever since I've loved obscure collective nouns for creatures, all these actual words that seem like fictional artifacts: a parliament of owls, an ostentation of peacocks, a smack of jellyfish, a murder of crows, and so many more.

Let's create some more — for human types.

Example: if Terry Gross and Ira Glass and Robert Siegel and I got together, would we be a pomposity of hosts?

Your challenge: come up with collective nouns for any of the following:

    • Conceptual artists
    • Critics
    • DJs
    • Hipsters
    • Indie filmmakers
    • IT guys
    • Operagoers
    • Trekkies
    • Venture capitalists
    • Yoga Instructors

      Post your collective noun in a Comment below, or via Twitter:

      We'll reveal our favorites on the show.

      UPDATE 5/2: James Lipton has chosen his winners. Thanks to all who participated!

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      Comments [321]

      Ciaran Lavery from Alstead NH


      Not the case for the majority of the species but it might
      be well argued that there exists a 'smug of NPR reporters'

      cjl

      Jul. 09 2014 05:24 PM
      David Birch from Fairfax, Virginia

      Hello there...
      And thanks for the invitation.
      It seemed to me that collective nouns might well begin with the prefix 'con' implying 'together' or 'with', and include a relevant (or playful) term as in:
      A concretion of dogmatists
      A concupiscence of libertines
      A concavity of spelunkers
      A consensus of contrarians
      A concatenation of binary infix operators
      A confluence of polyglots
      A conglomeration of hoarders

      Jun. 23 2014 09:25 PM
      Jeff Smith from Philadephia, PA

      There's a speaker at my church this weekend whose sermon topic is:
      "An Epiphany of Butterflies."
      www.usguu.org

      May. 29 2014 09:48 PM
      Mark Roddy from new hampshiore

      I only have one entry: hipsters, the only collective noun appropriate is "a douchebag of hipsters", as in "we tried to get into that great new restaurant but there was a huge douchebag of hipsters waiting to get in".

      May. 16 2014 10:34 PM
      Robin Gorneau from Malvern, PA

      A P&L of CFOs
      A fret of bass guitarists
      A future of frozen embryos
      An existentialism of graduate students
      A snort of aging rock stars
      An iridescence of indigo buntings
      An epiphany of stoners
      A warrant of petty thieves
      An eclipse of celebrities
      A Luddite of Amish
      An esthetic of designers

      May. 08 2014 12:34 PM
      Robin Gorneau from Malvern, PA

      Collective Nouns
      ..................
      A cut of woodworkers
      A chicanery of clowns
      A discipline of prison guards
      A division of politicians
      A hank of hairdressers
      A tangle of teenagers (alliteration optional)
      A swig of bartenders
      A longevity of elderly
      An influence of teachers
      A stet of editors (my personal fav)
      A scribe of writers
      A risk of insurance agents
      And for our British friends: A warren of wankers

      May. 07 2014 12:44 PM
      Tom Campbell from Cleveland

      A framework of conceptual artists

      May. 05 2014 09:29 AM
      Trish from Boston

      An enigma of conceptual artists

      A tsk of critics

      A gumption of Indie Directors

      A reboot of IT guys

      A prosperity of Trekkies

      An ego of venture capitalists

      An om of yoga instructors

      May. 04 2014 10:28 PM
      Gary Cassidy from Prescott, AZ

      collectivism: A pestering of pastors

      A couple of years ago the pastor of our church, our associate pastor and one of the church elders came by my studio (I'm a sculptor/retired army colonel) to take me for coffee one morning. I recall commenting that I'd heard about a pod of whales and an ostentation of peacocks, so what do you call a bunch of pastors? We went to one of our local coffee shops and after waiting in line, getting our coffee and half way through drinking it our associate pastor, a bright energetic young mam comes from out of nowhere in the conversation with, "I've got it." "Got what," I asked. "More than one pastor would be a pestering of pastors."

      Sorry I missed last week's show, but here's my collectivism.

      May. 04 2014 05:19 PM

      A cache of IT guys.

      May. 03 2014 04:20 PM
      John S.

      Thank you for giving us a nomination of collective nouns.

      May. 03 2014 07:29 AM
      Laurie Higgins

      Interviewers: A question of; An interrogation of; An interrogatory of;

      May. 03 2014 07:28 AM
      jim colby from South Jersey

      " A pollution of Trash Cans ""

      May. 03 2014 07:19 AM
      Barry Walker from Orem, Utah

      A Palate of Foodies.

      May. 03 2014 06:09 AM

      I played the segment on collective nouns for my wife, Jane, at bedtime. We tried to come up with a few of our own but were fading fast and soon gave up. After a time I thought she'd fallen asleep but her eyes suddenly opened and she said "Got one...! A Mandacity of Republicans" and, with a satisfied smile, drifted off into dreamland.

      May. 03 2014 01:35 AM
      Michelle from Detroit

      a pressure of soccer parents

      May. 03 2014 12:23 AM

      An inquiry of interviewers

      May. 03 2014 12:03 AM
      Caroline B. from Seattle, WA (former Brooklyn-ite)

      A Williamsburg of hipsters

      May. 02 2014 01:13 PM
      Leslie F. from Northern New Mexico

      I love the broadcast on the collective noun on 360. For my sister who has allergies 'A sneeze of allergists. For myself, an artist and designer I came up with phrases for mediums I've worked in.
      Here goes:

      A Chalk of Pastelists
      A Weft of Weavers
      A Pattern of Seamstresses
      A Clasp of Jewelers
      A Repeat of Textile Designers
      A Gather of Glassblowers
      A Splash of Watercolorists
      An Inkling of Illustrators

      corrected comment 'A Gather of Glassblowers'

      May. 02 2014 12:31 PM
      Leslie F. from NM

      I loved the 360 piece on collective nouns and had to try my hand at it too. Since I'm an artist and a surface designer I came up with mediums I've designed in. The 'Sneeze of Allergists' is for my sister who has allergies.
      Here goes:

      Chalk of Pastelists
      Weft of Weavers
      Pattern of Seamstresses
      Clasp of Jewelers
      Repeat of Textile designers
      Gather of Hot glass artists
      Splash of Watercolorists
      Inkling of Illustrators

      May. 02 2014 12:11 PM
      Ted

      Conceptual artists: A mystique of conceptual artists
      Critics: A quibble of critics
      DJs: A spin of DJs
      Hipsters: A precedence of hipsters (using "precede". After all, they were doing it before, etc)
      Indie filmmakers: A quirk of indie filmmakers
      IT guys: Like rhinos, a crash of IT guys
      Operagoers: A buzz of operagoers
      Trekkies: A crew of Trekkies
      Venture capitalists: Like rhinos and IT guys... ;)
      Yoga Instructors: A twist of yoga instructors

      May. 01 2014 08:53 AM
      Wheels

      A yoke of yoga instructors
      A dallop of cowboys
      A yip of yuppies
      A jangle of journalists
      A pi of circles

      Apr. 30 2014 10:41 PM
      NLB

      Conceptual artists - A Chimichanga of Artists
      Critics - A Side-eye (or Shade) of Critics
      DJs - A Repetition of DJs
      Hipsters - A Pickling (or Pickle) of Hipsters
      Indie filmmakers - A Kickstart of Indie Filmmakers
      IT guys - A Gadget of IT Guys
      Operagoers - A Nap of Operagoes
      Trekkies - A Nunnery of Trekkies
      Venture capitalists - A Turd of Capitalists
      Yoga Instructors - A Lulu of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 30 2014 06:42 PM
      Qi from San Francisco

      A Chimera of Conceptual Artists
      A Slay of Critics
      A Strap of DJs
      A Happening of Hipsters
      A Cell of Indie Filmmakers
      A Bit of IT Guys
      A Pageantry of Operagoers
      An Enterprise of Trekkies
      A Carrion of Venture Capitalists
      A hOMe of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 30 2014 10:19 AM
      Nicole Speulda from Portland, OR

      By Nicole Speulda:

      A confusion of conceptual artists
      A convoy of critics
      A cadence of critics
      A consternation of critics
      A deftness of DJs
      A hyperbole of hipsters
      Outtakes of indie film makers
      Jolts of IT guys
      An opulence of operagoers
      A transference of Trekkies
      A module of Trekkies
      A flush of venture capitalists
      Asinas of yoga instructors

      Apr. 29 2014 09:58 PM
      Stephen L. Burns

      A quibble of critics
      A sample or playlist of DJs
      A virginity or a Tribble of Trekkies
      A Wagnerload of opera lovers

      and I might add,
      A cogitation of NPR hosts
      and a pontificate of pundits

      Apr. 29 2014 08:22 PM
      Kris K from NYC

      A spin of djs
      a spy of operagoers
      a stretch of yoga instructors
      a fraud of venture capitalists
      a reel of indie filmmakers

      Apr. 29 2014 01:06 PM
      arnold

      A pretension of hipsters
      An annoyance of hipsters
      an awkwardness of IT guys
      an enlightenment of yoga instructors
      a conformity of hipsters
      a loneliness of trekkies
      a mediocrity of DJs
      a Phantom of operagoers

      Apr. 29 2014 12:48 PM
      Jim Shelley from Grantwood, NJ

      A notion of conceptual artists
      A pinhead of critics
      A segue of DJs
      A joint of hipsters
      A sovereign of indie filmmakers
      A drive of IT guys
      A cloak of operagoers
      A mechanism of Trekkies
      A possibility of venture capitalists
      A shift of yoga Instructors
      ...and a few others...
      A glaze of moviegoers
      A curb of food trucks
      A spangle of trees (as in a park setting)

      Apr. 29 2014 11:12 AM
      Brett Crockett from San Francisco

      A Dada of Conceptual artists
      A Snark of Critics
      An Album of DJs
      A Pabst of Hipsters
      A Reel of Indie filmmakers
      A Ticket of IT guys
      A Box of Operagoers
      A Fleet of Trekkies
      A Gamble of Venture capitalists
      A Downward of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 28 2014 11:52 PM
      Zak from Tucson,AZ

      A frown of critics,
      A fade of DJs
      A groove of DJs
      An attention of hipsters
      A budget of indie filmmakers
      A niche of indie filmmakers
      A fix of IT guys
      A connection of IT guys
      A Bend of Yoga Instructors
      A breath of Yoga Instructors
      A calm of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 28 2014 12:17 PM
      Ben Jones from Albuquerque, NM

      A deck of trekkies.

      A bubble of venture capitalists.

      A stack of DJs.

      An instakilogram of hipsters.

      A cramp of yoga instructors.

      A kickstart of Indie filmakers.

      A sneer of critics.

      A board of IT guys.

      A cloak of operagoers.

      Apr. 28 2014 09:42 AM
      Steve from Portland, Oregon

      An idea of Conceptual artists
      A review of Critics
      A mix of DJs
      A waste of Hipsters
      A reel of Indie filmmakers
      A network of IT guys
      A hubris of Opera goers
      A Jedi order of Trekkies
      A mistake of Venture capitalists
      A stretch of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 28 2014 02:57 AM
      JP from Northern Appalachia


      A Conceit of Conceptual Artists

      A Shame of Critics

      A Nausea of DJs

      An Infection of Hipsters

      A Confusion of Indie filmmakers

      A Depression of IT guys

      A Tragedy of Operagoers

      A Basement of Trekkies

      A Hoax of Venture capitalists

      An Ego of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 27 2014 08:23 PM
      JP from Northern Appalachia


      A Conceit of Conceptual Artists

      A Shame of Critics

      A Nausea of DJs

      An Infection of Hipsters

      A Confusion of Indie filmmakers

      A Depression of IT guys

      A Tragedy of Operagoers

      A Basement of Trekkies

      A Hoax of Venture capitalists

      An Ego of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 27 2014 08:22 PM
      Rich

      A harang of soccer moms.
      An abuse of stagedoor moms.
      An uber of PTO moms.
      A tolerence of at-home dads.

      Apr. 27 2014 07:04 PM
      shannon clements from michigan

      A cache of IT guys

      Apr. 27 2014 03:49 PM
      Tim from Shaker Heights

      A fountain of conceptual artists (or "fontaine" if you prefer).

      A herc of DJs. (Or a flash of DJs, but Herc came first!) A break of DJs works too.

      For Trekkies, I'll rule out "federation" and "collective" since they are already collective nouns, and say a nacelle of Trekkies. (I'm picking up a surprising amount of contempt for, even downright hostility toward, Star Trek in some of the other entries!)

      Someone already suggested my first choice, a beard of hipsters, so I'll say a mustachio of hipsters. And a fedora of posers.

      A reboot of IT guys.

      A prolix of NPR hosts! (I say with affection...)

      Apr. 27 2014 03:43 PM
      sophie henderson

      a quibble of critics
      a twist of yogi
      a happenstance of hipsters
      a happening of hipsters

      Apr. 27 2014 02:58 PM

      A shatner-load of trekkies

      Apr. 27 2014 02:06 PM
      Paula Thum from Spring City, PA

      Cacophony of DJs
      Breath of Yoga Instructors
      Cloud of conceptual artists
      Review of critics
      Mellowness of Hipsters
      Focus os Indie Film makers
      Bandwidth of IT guys
      Aria of opera goers
      Starship of TrekkiesS
      Manipulation of Venture Capitlists

      Apr. 27 2014 01:18 PM
      James

      Nuisance of Hipsters.

      Apr. 27 2014 12:29 PM
      Johnny Storm from Brooklyn

      A collage of Conceptual artists.
      A consortium of Critics.
      A mix of DJs.
      A nuance of Hipsters.
      A festival of Indie filmmakers.
      A stage of Operagoers

      Apr. 27 2014 12:26 PM
      Jen from Denver

      A canvas of Conceptual artists
      An observation of Critics
      A scratch of DJs
      An irony of Hipsters
      An intellect of Indie filmmakers
      A scream of Operagoers
      A virginity of Trekkies
      A flying money of Venture capitalists
      A spirit of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 27 2014 12:12 PM
      DK from Brooklyn

      A stipend of graduate students

      A reduction of foodies

      A bugaboo of parents

      A douche of finance guys

      A gif of Buzzfeed editors

      Apr. 27 2014 12:00 PM
      Marcia

      A spin of DJs
      A bend of yoga instructors
      A landing party of Trekkies
      A byte of IT guys
      A staging of opera goers

      Apr. 27 2014 11:53 AM
      Kurt Daniels from Chickasha, OK.

      A notion of conceptual artists.
      A construct of critics.
      A deep house of DJs.
      A pretense of hipsters.
      A Canne of indie filmmakers.
      A unicode of IT guys.
      A tragedy operagoers.
      A warf of Trekkies.
      A wind-up of venture capitalists.
      A bend of yoga Instructors.

      Apr. 27 2014 10:30 AM
      Dennis Queally from Bloomfield

      A burst of Conceptual artists
      A denial of Critics
      An echo of DJs
      A trend of Hipsters
      A ponder of Indie filmmakers
      A shrug of IT guys
      A cloak of Operagoers
      A success of Trekkies
      An infusion of Venture capitalists
      A twist of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 27 2014 09:39 AM
      Gautam Guliani from NY,NY

      A möbius of Conceptual artists
      An intervention of Critics
      An improvisation of DJs
      An outskirts of Hipsters
      A funding of Indie filmmakers
      A cluster of IT guys
      A cacophony of Operagoers
      A Risa of Trekkies
      A series (x) of Venture capitalists
      A contortion of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 27 2014 09:29 AM
      Stephen Sadler from Indian Trail NC

      A dada of conceptual artists
      An irritation of critics
      A groove of DJs
      A chill of hipsters
      A sundance of Indie filmmakers
      A solution of IT guys
      A couture of operagoers
      A tribble of trekkies
      A plunge of venture capitalists
      A transcendence of yoga instructors

      Apr. 27 2014 12:05 AM
      Linda M from Baltimore

      an installation of Conceptual Artists
      a nit pik of Critics
      a mix of DJs
      an upload of IT Guys
      a smug of Hipsters
      an enterprise of Trekkies
      a shiver of Venture Capitalist
      an ovation of Opera Goers
      a meditation of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 26 2014 10:22 PM
      Margaret P. from Arlington, VA

      A legacy of IT guys

      Apr. 26 2014 08:05 PM
      James from Greenwich Village

      A void of trekkies
      A schvitz of yoga insructors (bikram only)
      A barbe of hipsters

      Apr. 26 2014 07:30 PM
      Jason Luz from Long Beach, CA

      A cracker-plant of conceptual artists (something literal for something decidedly not figurative)
      A blogroll of critics
      A breakdown of DJs
      A tumblr of hipsters
      A treatment of indie filmmakers
      An outsource of IT guys
      A subscription of operagoers
      A multiverse of trekkies
      A predation of venture capitalists
      A concupiscence of yoga instructors (the only emperor is the emperor of neoprene)

      Apr. 26 2014 05:01 PM
      Lyn Arnold from Seattle

      Well, the requested nouns have been pretty well covered, but I still want to play! So here's a couple, not on the list.

      Attorneys: A complaint of lawyers

      Swallows: A gulp of swallows

      Runway models: A slouch of models

      Apr. 26 2014 11:06 AM
      Martha from Philadelphia

      • A je ne sais quoi of Conceptual artists
      • An aggravation of Critics
      • A jabberwocky of DJs
      • A soupçon of Hipsters
      • A truthiness of Indie filmmakers
      • A catastrophe of IT guys
      • An emoticon of Operagoers
      • A trope of Trekkies
      • A spasm of Venture capitalists
      • A bromide of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 25 2014 09:35 PM
      Cari Reynolds from Sewanee, TN

      A "Huh?" of Conceptual artists
      A "Snarl" or "Sniff" of Critics
      A "Wiki Wiki" of DJs
      A "Sigh" or "Eye Roll" of Hipsters

      Apr. 25 2014 05:30 PM
      Thomas Limoncelli from NYC by day, New Jersey by night

      20 years ago at Bell Labs a large (what we might now call "main frame") computer had crashed. A group of system administrators were standing around it as we tried to get it to boot again. Someone looked at what was going on and said, "Hey, there's a crash of sysadmins". Ever since then we've used "crash" as the collective noun for a group of system administrators.

      I've since gone on to write a couple books about system administration and I've never found an opportunity to mention this story. Thanks for letting me share it here!

      Tom

      P.S. I've been listening to the podcast edition of S360 for ages. I love the way you bring together science, art, and culture!

      Apr. 25 2014 09:14 AM
      Timothy O'Grady

      A file of online college instuctors.

      Apr. 23 2014 08:48 PM
      Micah Malcolm from Las Vegas, NV

      A highbrow of Conceptual artists

      A drop of DJs

      An artisan of Hipsters

      A smarm of IT guys

      An echelon of Operagoers

      A bend of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 23 2014 07:52 PM
      Carol Balaun from Georgia

      mudra of yoga instructors
      fog of hipsters
      gambol of venture capitalists (spelling deliberate)
      pose of conceptual artists
      tornado of critics
      groove of DJs
      righteousness of Indie filmmakers
      snicker of IT persons
      orchestration of operagoers
      beam of Trekkies

      Apr. 23 2014 06:37 PM
      Hula girl

      A snark of hipsters

      Apr. 23 2014 02:48 PM
      Tony Sotelo from Richmond, VA

      1. A tool box of mechanics.
      2. A scholarship of teachers.
      3. A bath of swimming children.
      4. A tent of boy scouts.
      5. A cradle of cosmologists.
      6. A sloth of burnouts.
      7. A Google of search parties.
      8. A sling of paramedics.

      Apr. 23 2014 02:40 PM
      qconn from Philadelphia

      A Cosplay of Trekkies

      Apr. 23 2014 11:50 AM
      Emily Gleichenhaus from Arlington, VA

      A Schweddy of NPR Hosts
      A "Say What?" of Conceptual Artists
      A Jibber-Jabber of Critics
      A Thump-Thump of DJs
      A Hotness of Hipsters
      A Weirdness of Indie Film Makers
      A Pocket Protector of IT Guys
      A Trip of Trekkies
      An Immorality of Venture Capitalists
      A Contortion of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 23 2014 09:58 AM
      Charlotte Hummel from Lansdowne, PA

      A merit of experts
      A shock of electricians

      Apr. 23 2014 09:28 AM
      Stephen Wanta from NYC

      a statement of Conceptual artists
      an authority of Critics
      a sample of DJs
      a bar of Hipsters
      a coffee bar of Indie filmmakers
      a restart of IT guys
      an obsolescence of Operagoers
      an away team of Trekkies
      a hedge of Venture capitalists
      a stretch of Yoga Instructors

      and, as we get older....

      a porch of octogenarians

      Apr. 23 2014 08:05 AM
      Lola Rogers from Seattle

      a tachyon of trekkies
      an astonishment of critics
      a lorgnette of operagoers

      I'm both pleased and disappointed to see that somebody else thought of a lorgnette of operagoers.

      Apr. 23 2014 12:41 AM
      Kevin from New York

      A Maynardkrebs of hipsters

      Apr. 22 2014 10:50 PM
      Lynn from Seattle

      a mine of one percenters

      Apr. 22 2014 11:34 AM
      Kevin from New York

      Pequod of critics
      Bohemia of hipsters
      Gekko of venture capitalists

      Apr. 22 2014 03:27 AM
      Allison

      A parcel of UPS drivers

      Apr. 22 2014 12:12 AM

      A Tribble of Trekkies

      Apr. 21 2014 11:05 PM
      Jessica Tad-y from Tampa, Florida

      A naysay of critics
      An ovation of opera goers
      A reboot of IT guys
      A cacophony of DJs
      A sundance of indie film makers
      A speculation of venture capitalists

      Apr. 21 2014 10:52 PM
      Nicholas Riggs from Tampa

      *Improvisers
      ---A Mind of Improvisers

      Apr. 21 2014 10:02 PM
      Nina Thomas from NYC

      My submission doesn't fit any of your categories but I can't resist offering: "A timidity of tourists."

      Apr. 21 2014 09:49 PM
      John Capobianco from Farmingdale

      An avante garde of Conceptual artists
      A diatribe of Critics
      An album of DJs
      A tragedy of Hipsters
      A vision of Indie filmmakers
      A circuit of IT guys
      A Wagner of Operagoers
      A Picard of Trekkies
      A Kirk of Trekkies
      An Enterprise of Trekkies
      An adventure of Venture capitalists
      A risk of Venture capitalists-
      A mat of Yoga Instructors
      A pose of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 21 2014 09:23 PM
      Kathryn from NYC

      an erudition of hosts
      a conceit of Conceptual artists
      a blurb of Critics
      a sampling of DJs
      a pretension of Hipsters
      an observation of Indie filmmakers
      a hub of IT guys
      a swank of Operagoers
      an exclusion of Trekkies
      an avarice of Venture capitalists
      an om of Yoga Instructors

      to which i add:
      a disapproval of mothers-in-law
      a nonchalance of cats
      a sketch of architects
      a smarm of salesmen
      an anguish of subway riders
      a hazard of bikers

      Apr. 21 2014 09:15 PM
      Mindy Lewis from NYC

      Here are a few more:
      A shimmy of bellydancers
      A filth of litterers
      A stench of non-bathers
      A slime of non-cleaners
      A splendor of writers
      A passion of lovers
      A schmutz of painters
      A spangle of strippers
      A scorch of firefighters
      A terra of planets
      A press of printers
      A squoosh of masseurs/masseuses
      A squeeze of subway riders

      Apr. 21 2014 08:41 PM
      Mike Baird from Westbury, NY

      A reboot of IT guys

      A stretch of yoga instructors

      A pretension of hipsters

      Apr. 21 2014 08:37 PM
      Mindy Lewis from NYC

      A splendor of writers

      Apr. 21 2014 08:35 PM
      Michael Riley from NY NY

      a silence of Conceptual artists
      a silence of Critics
      a silence of DJs !!!!
      a silence of Hipsters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      a silence of Indie filmmakers
      a silence of IT guys
      a silence of Operagoers
      a silence of Trekkies
      a silence of Venture capitalists
      a silence of Yoga Instructors, oh wait, they are teaching silence....

      Apr. 21 2014 08:27 PM

      A spark of Conceptual artists
      A curmudgeon of Critics
      A cataclysm of DJs
      A rumple of Hipsters
      A strip of Indie filmmakers
      A sigh of IT guys
      A plush of Operagoers
      A nexus of Trekkies
      A deposit of Venture capitalists
      A pretzel of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 21 2014 08:23 PM
      Jerry Ervin from Tucson, AZ

      Here in Tucson we often encounter large herds of cyclists (dozens!) on our streets. How about "a shimano of cyclists"?

      Apr. 21 2014 02:08 PM
      Jason Luz from Long Beach, CA

      An onanism of conceptual artists (can you say circlejerk on public radio?)
      A gabble of critics
      A simulacra of DJs
      A scorn of hipsters
      A flashpot of indie filmmakers
      A vouchsafe of IT guys
      A fust of operagoers
      A parsec of trekkies
      A scurry of venture capitalists
      A funk of yoga instructors

      Apr. 21 2014 01:38 PM
      Annie

      An assemblage of conceptual artists
      A posse of critics
      A jam of DJs
      A brood of hipsters
      A passion of Indie filmmakers
      An arrogance of IT guys
      A ring of opera goers
      A tribble of Trekkies
      A wad of venture capitalists
      A knot of Yoga instructors

      Apr. 21 2014 02:20 AM
      Paul from St. Paul, MN

      An archy of off-lease dogs had a sniffing contest.

      Apr. 20 2014 11:49 PM
      Bruce Warshaw

      A multiple font of printers

      A pirouette of ballerinas

      A comfort of Canadiens

      A wood pile of carpenters

      A cleat of soccer players

      A desk of educators

      Apr. 20 2014 11:10 PM
      Tom

      A mashup of DJs.

      Apr. 20 2014 10:51 PM
      Tom

      An allusion of conceptual artists.

      A van-dyke of hipsters.

      An aria of opera-goers.

      A downside of VCs.

      A Scotty of Trekkies.

      A meh of critics.

      A kickstart of indie film makers.

      A cargo of IT guys.

      A lulu of yoga instructors.

      Apr. 20 2014 10:45 PM
      Tom C. from South Salem, NY

      An installation of conceptual artists.
      A hack of critics.
      A list of DJs.
      A Pabst of hipsters.
      A clip of indie filmmakers.
      An object class of IT folks.
      A sitting of operagoers
      A transport of Trekkies.
      A risk of venture capitalists.
      An asana of yoga instructors.

      Apr. 20 2014 10:39 PM
      Katie Gallagher from Brooklyn

      A Flux of Conceptual Artists

      A Disappointment of Critics

      A Deck of DJs
      A Stack of DJs

      A Cheek of Hipsters
      A Retro of Hipsters

      A Bootstrap of Indie Filmmakers
      A Mercury of Indie filmmakers
      (Two reasons: Independence can also mean mercurial, and they take the temperature of the times.)

      An Isolation of IT guys
      A Protocol of IT guys
      A Beta of IT guys

      A Melodrama of Operagoers
      A Bravi of Operagoers

      A Fantasy of Trekkies

      A Seeding of Venture Capitalists
      A Relief of Venture Capitalists

      A Bliss of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 08:55 PM

      A Conceit of Conceptual artists
      A Vituperation of Critics
      A Platter of DJs
      A Reverse Snobbery of Hipsters
      A Soporific of Indie filmmakers
      A Back-up of IT guys
      An Ostentation of Operagoers
      A Geekiness of Trekkies
      An Expectation of Venture capitalists
      A Flexibility of Yoga Instructors

      For extra credit, see:http://justserved.onthetable.us/2010/06/wreck-of-hesperus-with-apologies-to.html

      Apr. 20 2014 08:32 PM
      Howard Sherman from New York City

      A Delusion of conceptual artists
      A Squelch of critics
      An Excruciation of DJs
      An Entitlement of hipsters
      A Heterotropia of Trekkies
      An Incomprehension of IT guys
      A Fringe of indie filmmakers
      An Extinction of opera buffs
      A Prodigality of venture capitalists
      A Shangrila of yoga instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 08:31 PM
      Kathleen O'Donnell from Philadelphia, PA

      CORPORATE ACCOUNTING

      A line of workers
      A pool of secreetaries
      A maze of cube rats

      A rollout of product developers
      A gladhand of salesmen
      A blather of PR flacks

      A beanpile of accountants
      A scrimmage of vice-presidents
      A spearhead of CEOs

      A domination of multinationals

      Apr. 20 2014 06:10 PM

      For more in this vein (a plurality of terms?) see
      "Terms of Vegery" on Amazon, available for Kindle download.

      Apr. 20 2014 05:44 PM
      Jason Luz from Long Beach, CA

      A clusterf*ck of hipsters.
      A wassail of drunk santas.
      A simulacrum of turntablists.
      A swagger of MCs.
      A two-bitstream of micro-bloggers.
      An ice floe of climate-change deniers.
      A pynchon of 911-truthers.
      A diminution of critics.
      A convolution of novelists.
      An echolalia of slam poets.
      A scab of flarfists.
      A preterition of politicos.
      A confidence of Ira Glasses.
      A circumspection of Kurt Andersens!

      Apr. 20 2014 05:06 PM
      Ron Mellen from New City, NY

      How about...
      A Tribe - eca of Indie Film Makers
      A Plank of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 04:10 PM
      Richard Moore from SLC, UT

      An Action of Conceptual artists
      A Cry of Critics
      A Bump of DJs
      A Snoot of Hipsters
      An Imagining of Indie filmmakers
      A Byte of IT guys
      A Bluster of Operagoers
      A Generation of Trekkies
      An Estate of Venture capitalists
      A Structure of Yoga Instructors

      and as a bonus

      A Multiple of Mathmaticians

      Apr. 20 2014 03:21 PM
      Caryn Overbey from Charlotte

      An angst of psychiatrists
      A contraction of Ob-Gyns.
      a stone of urologists.
      An incision of surgeons
      A chorale of choir directors

      Apr. 20 2014 03:17 PM
      alan shelby from Sandy UT USA

      A thread of fasteners.

      A thread of bolts and nuts.

      A truth of liars.

      A puck of hockey player teeth.

      A pain of Headaches.

      Apr. 20 2014 02:47 PM
      Ron M from New City, NY

      Ah Like, Um, Ya Know of Teens
      A Vein of Gold Minors or A Vein of Hematologists
      A Story of SkyScrapers

      A Tribble of Trekkies
      A Force of Star Wars Fans
      A Wardrobe or Pride of Narnians (Cronicles of Narnia Fans)
      A Ring of Tolkies (Lord of the Rings Fans)
      A Choice of TwiHards (Twilight Fans)
         With that in mind you're either in a 
         Pack of TwiHards (Team Jacob)
         Or 
         A Colony of TwiHards (Team Edward)

      Finally, and sorry to be crude, but I couldn't resist the following.

      A Crapload of Toilets
      And
      A Bag of Douches (sorry!)

      Apr. 20 2014 12:55 PM
      Steve Orich from NYC

      A Calder of Conceptual artists
      A Jealousy of Critics
      A Spin of DJs
      A Pretention of Hipsters
      An Obscurity of Indie filmmakers
      A Condescension of IT guys
      A Dwindling of Operagoers
      A Tribble of Trekkies
      A Smirk of Venture capitalists
      A Flex of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 12:29 PM
      frances from Manhattan

      — A tribble of Trekkies
      - a confab of critics
      - a pretzel of Yoga instructors
      - a snore of operagoers
      - a disaster of DJ's
      - a disinterest of Indies
      - a howl of hipsters

      Apr. 20 2014 12:23 PM
      Joseph Cohen from NYC

      A minogue of gay men.

      Apr. 20 2014 12:17 PM
      Simon from North America

      an oddity of Conceptual artists
      a opinion of Critics
      a loudness of DJs
      vanity of Hipsters
      an singularity of Indie filmmakers
      a logic of IT guys
      spectacle of Operagoers
      an obsession of Trekkies
      fund of Venture capitalists
      twist of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 12:15 PM
      David D. from New York City

      A gross of condoms

      Apr. 20 2014 12:08 PM
      Kit from Brooklyn, NY

      A buzz of revelers.

      Apr. 20 2014 12:00 PM
      Terry Richard Bazes from Pleasantville New York

      A plague of lawyers.

      Apr. 20 2014 12:00 PM
      pliny from soho

      a public radio of promos

      Apr. 20 2014 11:54 AM
      Jayne Mircica from New City, NY

      A Pod of iPhones

      Apr. 20 2014 11:40 AM
      Ron Mellen from New City, NY

      A (command-G) Group of Graphic Artists
      Or (command-shift-g) Un-Group of Freelance Graphic Artist

      Apr. 20 2014 11:34 AM
      June from Lower East Side NYC

      I am Recovering from brain surgery....your show keeps me thinking....

      How about ""a chitter of chipmunks"

      "a slither of snakes"
      "The nudging of nurses"
      A "clatter of clam shells"

      Apr. 20 2014 11:30 AM
      James Penha from Jakarta, Indonesia

      A paragraph of Conceptual artists
      A blurb of Critics
      A stack of DJs
      A gonzo of Hipsters
      A montage of Indie filmmakers
      A clarabow of IT guys
      A ring of Operagoers
      A gravity of Trekkies
      An oligarchy of Venture capitalists
      A koan of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 08:23 AM
      Alan Smith from Minneapolis, MN

      As a collective noun for Critics, I prefer "a revue of critics"...
      ...and for Hipsters, I'd suggest "a Y.P.H. Herd of Hipsters" (as in "you probably haven't herd"...)

      Apr. 20 2014 03:53 AM
      Ira D from Houston

      an epiphany of conceptual artists
      a citation of critics
      a groove of DJs
      a snark of hipsters
      a verité of indie filmmakers
      a recursion of IT guys
      (or: a cloud of IT guys)
      an octave of operagoers
      a quadrant of Trekkies
      a tranche of venture capitalists
      a salutation of yoga instructors

      Apr. 20 2014 12:08 AM
      Petterson from Prior Lake

      A notion of conceptual artist's
      A coat tail of critics
      A spin of DJs
      A pose of hipsters
      A Bluescreen of IT guys
      A note of opera goers
      An Enterprise of Trekkies
      A lust of. venture capitalists
      A twist of yoga instructors

      Apr. 19 2014 11:00 PM
      Petterson from Prior Lake

      I am an island of Petterson :)

      Apr. 19 2014 10:54 PM
      Dan from Silver Spring, MD

      I wanted to say

      a contention of bones

      but it's not on the list and they're inanimate

      Apr. 19 2014 10:20 PM
      Ira D from Houston

      a splash of baristas
      a slouch of teens
      a rage of activists
      a tassel of upholsterers
      a bribe of politicians
      a catalog of librarians
      a dash of commuters
      a stride of runners
      a filigree of silversmiths
      a sack of HR managers
      a hosanna of churchgoers
      a moral of ministers
      a magnitude of seismologists
      (or: a swarm of seismologists)
      a grumble of curmudgeons
      a sleaze of used-car salesmen
      a shout of tv commercials
      a cascade of web designers
      a flirt of clubgoers
      a perplexity of philosophers
      a waft of perfumers
      a grandiloquence of speechmakers
      a kettle of brewers
      a jiggle of dancers
      a conjunction of astrologers

      Apr. 19 2014 10:16 PM
      Bagel Balzac from Bred in Philly, lives China

      an installation of- Conceptual artists

      a review of- Critics

      a beatcount of- DJs

      a soul patch of- Hipsters

      a democratization of- Indie filmmakers

      a network of- IT guys

      a supertitle of- Operagoers

      a virginity of- Trekkies

      a speculation of- Venture capitalists

      A chakra of-Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 19 2014 09:59 PM
      Nick & Amirah from Los Angeles

      An ovation of operagoers
      A virus of IT guys
      A beat of DJs
      A strain of conceptual artists
      A wrath of Trekkies
      A grasp of venture capitalists
      A condescension of hipsters
      A flow of yoga instructors
      A delusion of indie filmmakers
      A smear of critics

      Also-rans: A prosper of Trekkies. A release of indie filmmakers
      A jealousy of critics. A Pabst of hipsters.

      Apr. 19 2014 08:57 PM
      Jello Lemo

      a catch of fishermen
      a stew of chefs

      Apr. 19 2014 08:47 PM
      gary hipsher from Mansfield, Ohio

      34 years in the postal service suggested 2 collective nouns for supervisors: the polite-a surplus, the impolite- a suppository.

      Apr. 19 2014 08:11 PM
      gracia e barr from tucson

      A segment of comedy writers

      Apr. 19 2014 08:08 PM
      Edward deBuvitz from New Mexico

      A spread of proctologists!!!

      Apr. 19 2014 07:35 PM
      Marsha Einhorn

      a cesspool of venture capitalists

      Apr. 19 2014 07:32 PM
      SRose from Seattle, WA

      An Authority of NPR Hosts
      A Judgement of Critics
      A Loge of Operagoers
      An Inversion of Yoga Instructors
      An Exhaustion of Hipsters
      A Meme of Hipsters
      A Whirl of DJs
      An Audacity of Conceptual Artists
      A Frontier of Trekkies
      A Reel of Indie Filmmakers
      An Input of IT Guys

      Apr. 19 2014 06:58 PM
      Elaine Braverman

      A skivvy of nudists

      Apr. 19 2014 06:41 PM
      Nyla from Tucson, AZ

      My collective noun is:
      A squad (or squadron) of squid.

      Apr. 19 2014 06:28 PM
      Margot & Bri from Scranton, PA

      A reach of conceptual artists
      A mirage of conceptual artists
      A snark of critics
      A sample of DJs
      A flanneling of hipsters
      A festival of indie filmmakers
      A byte of IT guys
      An awkward of IT guys
      An aria of operagoers
      A warp of trekkies
      A wealth of venture capitalists
      A chakra of yoga instructors
      A grind of baristas
      A sketch of illustrators
      A draft of writers
      A scumbling of painters
      An objection of lawyers
      A crop of farmers
      An oven of bakers
      A proof of physicists
      A string of puppeteers
      A gnarl of noun-namers
      An ellipse of Studio360 listeners

      Apr. 19 2014 05:51 PM
      Gregory Bruce from New York City

      A Pallet of Conceptual Artists
      A Commotion of Critics
      A Declaration of DJs
      A Significance of Hipsters
      A Collaboration of Indie Filmmakers
      A Terminal of IT guys
      A Production of Opera Goers
      An Event of Trekkies
      A Register of Venture capitalists
      A Stretch of Yoga Instructors
      Plus:
      An Ambiguity of Advertisers

      Thank you for your consideration

      Apr. 19 2014 04:50 PM
      wendy mendes from California

      A question of conceptual artists
      A barb of critics
      A payola of DJ's
      A thin of hipsters
      A sundance of indy filmmakers
      A reboot of IT guys
      A tuxedo of opera goers
      A tribble of Trekkies
      A pyramid of venture capitalists
      A mat of yoga instructors

      Apr. 19 2014 04:35 PM
      Patrick from Austin, TX

      A swish of dental hygienists

      Apr. 19 2014 03:47 PM
      catherine callaghan from greenbelt md


      A wrench of auto mechanics
      A decorum of judges
      A primp of hairdressers

      Apr. 19 2014 03:03 PM
      Paul Hart from Falls Church, VA

      A convolution of conceptual artists.

      Apr. 19 2014 02:48 PM
      Sadie from Philadelphia

      Here's a few:
      A green of golfers
      A glee of teenagers
      A swirl of synchronized swimmers
      A dangle of grapes
      A body of new moms
      A carjacking of criminals
      A loan of indie filmmakers

      Apr. 19 2014 02:29 PM
      Nancy Lebovitz from Philadelphia

      An invention of collective nouns

      Apr. 19 2014 07:32 AM
      Alison Schweiger from Baltimore, Md

      a "froth' of flowering tree blossoms (seen already this spring!)

      Apr. 19 2014 06:32 AM
      Brenda

      An intention of conceptual artists.
      A judgment of critics.
      A web of IT guys.
      A mix of DJs.
      An aria of operagoers.
      An irony of hipsters.
      A pose of yoga instructors.
      A festival of Indi filmmakers.
      A zeal of trekkies.
      A growth of venture capitalists.

      Apr. 19 2014 04:54 AM
      Matthew Coursey from Virginia

      This came to me a while back

      -A Curse of Sycophants

      For example. That preening fool stumbles through life surrounded by a curse of sycophants, blissfully unaware of the next disaster he'll cause.

      Apr. 18 2014 04:31 PM
      Jeffery Rudell from New York City

      A “whisper” of public radio hosts
      An “ideation” of Conceptual artists
      A “savage” of Critics
      A “rave” of DJs
      A “pose” of Hipsters
      A “slate” of Indie filmmakers (A “debt” of Indie filmmakers. A “festival” of Indie filmmakers. An “aspiration” of Indie filmmakers…)
      A “breach” of IT guys
      An “octave” of Operagoer's
      A “Kirk” of Trekkies
      A “speculation” of Venture capitalists
      A “knot” Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 18 2014 02:15 PM
      Eric Goebelbecker

      a haze of Conceptual artists
      a pomposity of Critics
      a selection of DJs
      a fatigue of Hipsters
      a tribecan of Indie filmmakers
      an overrun of IT guys
      a snooze of Opera-goers
      a tedium of Trekkies
      a surplus of Venture capitalists
      a tangle of Yoga Instructors

      but what I really want to share was:
      an interruption of NPR hosts

      Whether interrupting their guests or interrupting programming under the impression that constant chatter opens wallets, it work.

      Apr. 18 2014 09:39 AM
      Ronne Day from Morris, CT

      How about . . .

      A Flash Mob of Conceptual Artists

      A Chortle of Critics

      A Scratch of DJs

      A Tattoo of Hipsters

      A Cameo of Indie Filmmakers

      A Keystroke of IT Guys

      A Hush of Opera-goers

      A Persistence of Trekkies

      A Retirement of Venture Capitalists

      A Chime of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 18 2014 09:18 AM
      Chris

      A wod of Crossfitters.

      Apr. 18 2014 06:21 AM
      Liz

      Not on the list but had to throw this one out:
      A Ratchet of Nurses
      (I'm an RN so I can make fun.)

      Apr. 17 2014 10:02 PM
      Elizabeth from Traverse City, MI

      A Swagger of Texans

      Apr. 17 2014 07:29 PM
      Shari D from Homer Alaska

      A STRETCH of Yoga Instructors
      A PROFIT of Venture Capitalists
      A CHORUS of Operagoers

      and
      A GROSS of Accountants
      An INTEREST of Bankers
      A REAPING of Farmer's
      A CATCH of Fisherman
      A ROUND-UP of Ranchers

      Apr. 17 2014 06:21 PM
      Bart Mosley from New York

      A vault of venture capitalists.

      Apr. 17 2014 05:33 PM
      Ted Scheffler

      As a working restaurant critic and food writer, I have to go with "a Vomit of Foodies."

      Apr. 17 2014 05:13 PM

      A Stich of Surgeons

      A nanny of Nurses

      Apr. 17 2014 03:22 PM
      Susan from New York, NY

      A drift of conceptual artists
      A judge of critics
      A diskette of DJs
      A stache of hipsters (as in mustache)
      A label of indie filmmakers
      A cable of IT guys
      A bouffe operagoers
      A bridge trekkies
      A barron of venture capitalists
      A union of yoga instructors

      Apr. 17 2014 01:47 PM
      David from New Hampshire

      Thought of these, as a healthcare provider, before I saw the list on the website and couldn't resist:
      A bleed/carve of surgeons
      A stop/beat/stent of cardiologists
      A lens of opthalmologists
      A wail of pediatricians
      A gasp/wheeze of pulmonologists
      A weal/rash of dermatologists
      A dose/authorization of pharmacists
      A probe/listen of psychiatrists
      A lumen/scope of gastroenterologists
      A factor/swell of rheumatologists
      A tract/an axon of neurologists
      A gland of endocrinologists
      A break/sprain of orthopedists
      A touch/calm/torment of nurses
      A device/screen/chart of doctors
      A plead/challenge of nutritionists
      A stretch/pain/lift of physical therapists
      A grip of administrators
      A denial/profit of insurors

      Apr. 17 2014 08:02 AM
      Frances Levy from St Louis, MO

      A puddle of puppies, a bustle of bubbes

      Apr. 16 2014 10:19 PM

      a controversy of conceptual artists
      a snark of critics
      a groove of DJs
      an urbia of hipsters (or a myth)
      a mirage of Indie filmmakers (or a frame)
      a repertoire of opera-goers (or a flurry)
      a few is a tribble of trekkies but a galaxy is many
      a lotus of yoga instructors (or a stretch)

      Apr. 16 2014 10:06 PM
      sarah manning from steelville pa

      a pant-load of hipsters
      an arcade of gamers
      a hoodie of gangsters
      a cashew of nuts (or - What do you call a flu epidemic at an asylum?)
      a texture of tweets (or a cacophony, depending)

      but my favorite, although I don't know what coined it, is 'a congress of baboons.'
      Thanks for the challenge,
      sarah

      Apr. 16 2014 09:22 PM
      qconn from Philly

      An angst of critics
      An IPA of Hipsters
      A crowdsource of Indie filmmakers
      A canto of operagoers
      A Klingon of Trekkies
      A platinum of venture capitalist
      A posing of yoga instructors
      I misunderstood the assignment and came up with these :~0
      a warming of climate scientists
      a denial of beachfront homeowners
      an epitaph of polar bears
      a cocktail party of penguins
      a chaos of kittens
      a fewer of grammarians
      a posturing of drama queens
      a kindergarten of politicians

      Apr. 16 2014 04:37 PM
      Eric from Basking Ridge, NJ

      A natter of critics
      A spin of DJs
      A pocket protector of IT guys
      A nakedness of conceptual artists
      A torque of yoga instructors
      A swoop of venture capitalists

      Apr. 16 2014 04:17 PM
      Karen Fegley from Boston

      How about:

      A pan of critics?
      A spin of DJs?
      An awesomeness of hipsters?
      A reel of indie filmmakers?
      A wealth of venture capitalists?

      Apr. 16 2014 03:38 PM
      John Geertsen from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Not on your list, but I coined this one a few years ago:

      A clot of douchebags.

      Apr. 16 2014 01:41 PM
      Rachelle Meyer from Amsterdam

      'a spandex of cyclists'

      I was nearly mowed down while crossing the street by a spandex of cyclists. (It happens pretty often in Amsterdam!)

      Apr. 16 2014 08:54 AM
      Ernie from South Korea

      Conceptual artists
      --An Image of Conceptual Artists.
      Critics
      --A Thumb of Critics.
      DJs
      --A Mixer of Djs.
      Hipsters
      --An Irony of Hipsters.
      Indie filmmakers
      --An Odour of Indie Filmmakers.
      IT guys
      --A Mechanic of IT guys.
      Operagoers
      --A Feather of Operagoers.
      Trekkies
      --A Splitting of Trekkies.
      Venture capitalists
      --A Percent of Venture Capitalists.
      Yoga Instructors
      --A Mat or Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 16 2014 02:36 AM
      Aaron from Houston

      >A confounding of Conceptual artists.
      > A sneering of Critics.
      > A blather of DJs.
      >Hipsters- too many options! An obscurity of, or maybe an irony of? How about a beard, or a happening? Wait, I know! A "Karl" of Hipsters, in honor of that annoying DJ on SiriusXMU. He's super obscure, you probably haven't heard of him (if you're lucky).
      > A Starbuck or flicker of Indie filmmakers.
      > An eyeroll of IT guys. A cynicism, dismissive or beleaguerement as well.
      > A snoot of Operagoers. Or maybe a monocle?
      > An eternity of Trekkies. A Picard (make it so!), an awkward or delusion of trekkies would also work.
      > A havoc or snivel of Venture capitalists.
      > A twist or knot of Yoga Instructors.

      Apr. 15 2014 09:50 PM
      Adriel Hollandsworth from Reno NV

      Installation of Conceptual artists
      Sneer of Critics
      Drop of DJs
      Irony of Hipsters
      Analog of Indie filmmakers
      Frisbee of IT guys
      Boa of Operagoers
      Stun of Trekkies
      Icharus of Venture capitalists
      Om of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 15 2014 07:31 PM
      Brian

      For starters, it should be a garrison of NPR hosts. An embarrassment of Hipsters, a sundance of indie filmmakers, a dongle of IT guys

      Apr. 15 2014 04:56 PM
      steven williams from Washington DC

      A Libretto of Operagoers
      A Frame of Indie Filmmakers
      A Bank of Venture Capitalists
      A Galaxy of Trekkies
      A Hemline of Hipsters
      A Net of IT guys
      A Dancehall of DJ's
      A Page of Critics
      A Can of Critics
      A Stretch of Yoga Instructors
      A Lobe of Conceptual Artists

      Apr. 15 2014 04:44 PM
      Michele Kellett from Seattle

      My husband, a research scientist at a university, has always referred to "a gripe of faculty" as in, "The director attended the meeting with a gripe of faculty" -- but perhaps it would work as well for critics!

      Apr. 15 2014 02:14 PM

      Fun! 'll give it a minute….

      Overbyte of IT guys

      Crony of Capitalists

      Important Bokeh of Indie Filmmakers

      Tael of Opera goers

      Apr. 15 2014 01:41 PM
      eb

      A can't-do of Critics
      A spin of DJs
      A pretension of Hipsters
      A spirit of Indie filmmakers
      A pocket-protector of IT guys
      An aria of Operagoers
      A convention of Trekkies
      A worship of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 15 2014 01:21 PM
      Deb from New Hampshire

      We were talking about teachers and decided on "a gnosis of teachers"
      I would also go for "a to-go of trekkies"

      Apr. 15 2014 07:23 AM
      Heidi Sanna from Freeport, NY

      A Yawn of Conceptual artists
      A Kael of Critics
      A Throb of DJs
      A Beard of Hipsters
      A Festival of Indie filmmakers
      A Sneer of IT guys
      A Snob of Operagoers
      A Borg of Trekkies
      A Risk of Venture capitalists
      A Bend of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 14 2014 09:27 PM
      Camilla from Charlotte

      How about a fidget of kindergartners?

      Apr. 14 2014 02:46 PM
      Hugh O'Byrne

      a group of conceptual artists
      a group of critics
      a group of DJs
      a group of hipsters
      a group of indie filmmakers
      a group of IT guys
      a group of operagoers
      a group of trekkies
      a group of venture capitalists
      a group of yoga instructors

      and finally...

      a reduncancy of collective nouns.

      Apr. 14 2014 01:07 PM
      Sanjay from New York

      A token of minorities

      Apr. 14 2014 09:02 AM
      mark lund from Seattle, WA

      a poverty of actors

      Apr. 14 2014 02:17 AM
      Reko from Philadelphia, Pa.

      As found in a sentence...

      The entire drawing room was filled with a construct of conceptual artists.

      A pan of critics kept the waitresses busy.

      Even a spindle of DJs couldn't help that party.

      Check out that abercrombie of Hipsters.

      The discussion turned dark within the noir of Indie filmmakers.

      The bios of IT guys all agreed that rebooting was the answer.

      There was not one cough drop among the loge of opera goers.

      A roddenberry of Trekkies spaced out and missed the convention deadline.

      The clutch of venture capitalists decided to buy the cab, rather than pay the fare.

      *Two yoga instructors just don't occupy the same place and time.

      Apr. 13 2014 08:38 PM
      Kathy Rechnitzer from Fort Worth, Texas

      New plurals (this one badly needed: A misery of air passengers. "A misery of passengers disembarked after the pilot announced that the aircraft could not be repaired and that no replacement was available."

      Apr. 13 2014 08:15 PM
      Maureen Smith from Durham, NH

      A Cqckle of critics

      Apr. 13 2014 07:26 PM
      Rudolph J

      An abbatoir of critics

      Apr. 13 2014 06:05 PM
      lance Rutledge from Brooklyn

      A cocoon of conceptual artists
      A cackling of critics
      A dithering of Dj's
      A Hypotenuse of hipsters
      An insufferability of indie film makers
      An indubitable inevitability of IT guys
      An octopussy of opera goers
      A tumescence of trekkies
      A vivisection of venture capitalists
      A Yoyo of yoga instuctors

      Apr. 13 2014 05:23 PM
      Leslie Hurchison from Cheshire Ct

      An addition of venture capitalists
      A delete of IT guys
      A column of critics
      A pose of yoga instructors
      A bridge of Trekkies

      Apr. 13 2014 04:09 PM
      Nicolas Hall from Tillamook Oregon

      A malaise of Hipsters
      A Pike of Trekkies
      A distortion of Conceptual artists
      A cacophony of Critics


      Apr. 13 2014 03:28 PM
      AdamH from Manhattan, NY

      A yawn of Conceptual artists
      A snark of Critics
      An earbomb of DJs
      A twee of Hipsters
      A Soderbergh of Indie filmmakers
      A nerd-herd of IT guys
      A snoot of Operagoers
      A light year of Trekkies
      A miscreant of Venture capitalists
      A wind of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 13 2014 03:19 PM
      Anita Yarbery from NYC

      An auteur of indie filmmakers
      an annoyance of hipsters

      not on your list but ...
      a swag of celebrities

      Apr. 13 2014 03:04 PM
      David M. Boehm from Manhattan

      Group nouns:

      A cacophony of critics
      A spin of DJ's
      A layback of hipsters
      A scramble of indie filmmakers
      A fixit of IT guys
      A Patience of operagoers
      A Klak of Trekkies
      A gobble of venture capitalists
      A matfull of yoga instructors

      Apr. 13 2014 02:21 PM
      Greg Benson from Athens GA

      An obtusion of conceptual artists.

      A nimoysion of Trekkies.

      A shat of Trekkies.

      A snooze of operagoers.

      An exhalation of yoga instructors.

      An altcommandcontrolshift of IT guys.

      A scruff of hipsters.

      A bombast of DJs.

      A take of indie filmmakers.

      Apr. 13 2014 01:19 PM
      Greg Benson from Athens, GA

      A pan of critics.

      Apr. 13 2014 01:05 PM
      Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh from Macon, GA

      An hypostitation of conceptual artists
      A remonstration of critics
      A flashbake of DJ's
      A progression of hipsters
      An exposition of indie filmmakers
      A necessity of IT guys
      A verzeichnis of operagoers
      OR A koechel of operagoers
      A propser of Trekkies
      A speculation of venture capitlaists
      A jivamuktation of yoga instructors

      Apr. 13 2014 12:38 PM
      erika from Macedonia

      An annoyance of hipsters

      Apr. 13 2014 12:07 PM

      Most of these wonderfully fascinating names for different kinds of collectives actually also correspond to identifiably unique types of group structure and behavior too, one type of naturally forming systems. Would a tight group of office friends be a "flag of mates" perhaps??

      These transitory collectives all have in common being loosely bound natural social units, with the power to enrich their environments occupying a whole level of loosely bound organization of its own, in our world of various kinds of more tightly bound ones: species, cultures, silos, families, societies...

      Maybe as a general term you'd call the loosely bound ones "cliques of harmonies", for forming somewhat as cliques do, by locally knitting together the harmonies of a group of related things that then forms their bond?

      Apr. 13 2014 11:46 AM
      steven williamson

      off list:

      a particle of physicists.

      Apr. 13 2014 11:41 AM
      Andrew from Crown heights

      A fixie of hipsters. After the jazz-age lawn party, a fixie of hipsters clogged the governors island ferry. #collectivenouns

      Apr. 13 2014 11:29 AM
      Frank Schorn from Glendale, NY

      A disputation of lawyers
      An act of playwrights
      A stroke of painters
      A barrel of garbage collectors
      A fuse of electricians
      A fare of taxi drivers
      A divine of angels
      A furnace of devils
      A cleaver of butchers

      Apr. 13 2014 11:25 AM
      Brent from NYC

      A constipation of bureaucrats. #collectivenouns

      Apr. 13 2014 11:24 AM
      waddles

      A Tome of Conceptual artists
      A Court of Critics
      A Platter of DJs
      A Smirk of Hipsters
      A Quirk of Indie filmmakers
      A Jerk IT guys
      A Box of Operagoers
      A Tribble of Trekkies
      A Venture capitalists
      A Booboo of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 13 2014 10:47 AM
      matthew

      an enterprise of trekkies

      some others that weren't specifically asked for:
      a healing of doctors
      a powerpoint of consultants
      a plummet of skydivers
      a swirl of oenophiles

      Apr. 13 2014 10:42 AM
      NJ

      A kaleidoscope of artists.
      A theory of scientists.
      A parable of moralists.
      A scandal of politicians.

      Apr. 13 2014 10:19 AM
      MC

      A happening of conceptual artists
      A remark of critics
      A trend of hipsters
      A reel of Indie filmmakers
      A system of IT guys
      A spectator of Operagoers
      A risk of venture capitalists
      A posture of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 13 2014 10:15 AM
      Chris from Reston, Va

      A quatloo of trekkies

      Apr. 12 2014 10:37 PM
      richard sprecher from rockville, md

      a twitter of narcissists

      Apr. 12 2014 05:46 PM
      Catherine from westchester

      an installment of conceptual artists
      a judgement of critics
      a mix of DJs
      a fund of Hipsters
      a debt of Indie filmmakers
      an kilobyte of IT guys
      a fur of operagoers
      an absitenance of Trekkies
      a speculation of venture capitalists
      a stretch of yoga instructors

      Apr. 12 2014 04:43 PM
      peter john wieting from Key West, Fl.

      A platter of DJ's
      A contortion of yoga instructors.
      A closet of IT guys.
      A basement of Trekkies.
      A cell block of venture capitalist.
      A box of operagoers.
      A snoot of hipsters.
      A yawn of critics.
      A WTF of conceptual artists.

      Apr. 12 2014 04:26 PM
      Donna Raskin from Jersey

      A yoke of yoga teachers. Most of the yoke didn't know that yoga means yoke in Sanskrit, but they do know about the sale at Lululemon.

      Apr. 12 2014 04:05 PM
      Stephanie

      A seek of yoga instructors
      A rave of critics
      A fan of operagoers
      A reel of indie filmmakers
      A geek of trekkies
      A gamble of venture capitalists
      A cloud of IT guys

      Apr. 12 2014 03:21 PM
      deserthackberry from Texas

      Isn't a group of IT guys just a nerd herd?

      Apr. 12 2014 02:04 PM
      Jeanette from Nea

      A tangle of yoga instructors.

      Apr. 12 2014 01:32 PM
      Erin from Leesburg, VA

      A condescension of Hipsters
      An array of IT guys
      A cacophany of DJs
      A Borg of Trekkies
      A starvation of conceptual atrists

      Apr. 12 2014 01:14 PM
      jean chen

      a bloviation of pundits

      Apr. 12 2014 12:10 PM
      Buddy

      A drivel of reality TV

      Apr. 12 2014 01:44 AM
      Kevin from St. Louis, MO

      a crustacean of critics
      a volt of venture capitalists
      an infusion of venture capitalists
      a haught of hipsters
      a vibe of DJs
      a resonance of DJs
      a shavasana of yoga instructors

      Apr. 12 2014 01:39 AM
      Tom from New Zealand

      A quiddity of Conceptual Artists
      A grumble of Critics
      A rotation of DJs
      An angst of Hipsters
      A plaid of Indie Filmmakers
      A obfuscation of IT Guys
      A cadence of Operagoers
      A Shatner of Trekkies
      A hoodwink of Venture Capitalists
      A poise of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 12 2014 01:23 AM
      Jesse Judson from Fairview Park, OH

      o Conceptual artists – A composition of conceptual artists
      o Critics – An honesty of critics
      o DJs - A groove of DJ’s
      o Hipsters – A trend of hipsters
      o Indie filmmakers - A premier of Indie filmmakers
      o IT guys – A network of IT guys
      o Operagoers – A transcendence of Operagoers
      o Trekkies – An enterprise of Trekkies
      o Venture capitalists – A portfolio of venture capitalists
      o Yoga Instructors – A flow of Yoga Instructors
      o NPR hosts - A Heard of NPR hosts

      Apr. 11 2014 03:06 PM
      Jesse Judson

      o Conceptual artists – A composition of conceptual artists
      o Critics – An honesty of critics
      o DJs - A groove of DJ’s
      o Hipsters – A trend of hipsters
      o Indie filmmakers - A premier of Indie filmmakers
      o IT guys – A network of IT guys
      o Operagoers – A transcendence of Operagoers
      o Trekkies – An enterprise of Trekkies
      o Venture capitalists – A portfolio of venture capitalists
      o Yoga Instructors – A flow of Yoga Instructors
      o NPR hosts - A Heard of NPR hosts

      Apr. 11 2014 03:05 PM
      Nigel Peterson from The middle of Kansas

      I don't think that this is on your list of words needing words to describe them, but one that I've had for years, and if you've ever seen a group of them you know that it's a very apt description - a circus of raccoons. I can even see the posters for the juggling/unicycle act in my head.

      Apr. 11 2014 11:17 AM
      Richard Martin from Austin, TX

      A group of hookers could be referred to as "A Pride of Loins"

      Apr. 11 2014 11:05 AM
      Pam K. from Chesterbrook PA

      A lotus of yoga instructors

      Apr. 11 2014 08:55 AM
      Adrian from Chapel Hill, NC, USA

      An (ironic) absence of hipsters and a (cosmic) oneness of yoga instructors. Plus, a wit of public radio listeners.

      Apr. 11 2014 08:49 AM
      Jonathan from Syracuse, NY

      A menagerie of hipsters (because they wear big glasses)

      Apr. 10 2014 11:15 PM
      Mike R. from Lees Summit, MO

      A covey of critics
      A cluster of IT guys

      Apr. 10 2014 10:35 PM
      Shana from NYC

      An oof of conceptual artists
      A gripe of critics
      A mashup of DJs
      A thrift of hipsters
      A crowdsource of indie filmmakers
      A helpdesk of IT guys
      A soignee of operagoers
      A takei of trekkies
      A doom of venture capitalists
      A trim of yoga instructors

      Apr. 10 2014 08:21 PM
      mary edwards from Raleigh, NC

      An obfuscation of conceptual artists
      A screener of movie critics
      A thump of DJs
      An avarice of venture capitalists
      An artisan of hipsters
      A determination of Indie filmmakers
      A condescension of Operagoers
      An sprain of yoga instructors
      A geekle of trekkies

      Apr. 10 2014 03:31 PM
      Richard from Pageland, SC

      A vision of conceptual artists

      A rash of critics

      A scratch of DJs

      An obscurity of hipsters

      A festival of indie filmmakers

      A network of IT guys

      A clap of operagoers

      A voyage of Trekkies

      A hedge of venture capitalists

      A stretch of yoga instructors

      Apr. 10 2014 10:47 AM
      Azimuth from Brooklyn

      Sorry, Mark B from Philadelphia, but it's not "a font of critics".

      It's a font of Trekkies ;)

      Apr. 10 2014 10:07 AM
      Richard

      A vision of conceptual artists

      A rash of critics

      A scratch of DJs

      An obscurity of hipsters

      A festival of indie filmmakers

      A network of IT guys

      A clap of operagoers

      A voyage of Trekkies

      A hedge of venture capitalists

      A stretch of yoga instructors

      Apr. 10 2014 12:28 AM

      a sketch of artists
      a care of critics
      a discourse of DJs
      a crafting of hipsters
      a grit of indies
      a redundancy of IT guys
      an intensity of operagoers
      an aspiration of trekkies
      a plump of venture capitalists
      a contortion of yoga Instructors

      and (bonus!)

      a gridlock of politicians
      a curiosity of academics

      Apr. 09 2014 08:38 PM
      Hans Weise from Washington, DC

      A Sampling of DJs
      An Irrelevance of Hipsters
      A Shock of Conceptual Artists
      A Dismissal of Critics
      A Hope of Indie Filmmakers
      A Cloud of IT guys
      A Bravo of Operagoers
      An Enterprise of Trekkies
      A Sire of Venture Capitalists
      An Ananda of Yoga Instructors.

      Apr. 09 2014 04:29 PM

      an eternity of Conceptual artists
      a Snark of Critics
      a scat of DJs
      a 'Sup of Hipsters
      a grant of Indie filmmakers
      a Byte of IT guys
      a shawl of Operagoers
      a deck of Trekkies
      a Donald of Venture capitalists
      a breath Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 09 2014 11:50 AM
      Reid from Bushwick, NY

      The greatest suggestions of all time:

      1) A medium of conceptual artists
      2) A beat of DJs

      An irony of Hipsters seems way too obvious. Instead:

      3) An authenticity of Hipsters. That has layers.

      4) A neckbeard of IT guys
      5) A tribble of Trekkies
      6) An enlightenment of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 09 2014 09:47 AM
      Pam k. from Philadelphia

      A lotus of yoga instructors

      Apr. 09 2014 08:44 AM
      Mylesnyc

      A trustfund of hipsters
      A robbery of bankers

      Apr. 09 2014 07:54 AM
      Matthew H


      A Review of Critics
      A Groove of DJs
      An Artisanal of Hipsters
      A Mumble of Indie filmmakers
      A USB of IT guys
      An Aria of Operagoers
      A Round of Venture capitalists
      A Mat of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 08 2014 10:30 PM
      Steve D. from Washington DC

      A brunch of hipsters.

      Apr. 08 2014 07:23 PM
      Amy from Manhattan

      Another one that could work for >1 category: An enterprise of trekkies, or of venture capitalists. Maybe indie filmmakers too.

      Also, for IT, I'm gonna break it down: A code of software techs, & a bus (as in serial bus) of hardware techs.

      This isn't on the list on this page, but Kurt mentioned it on the show: A wonder of science fiction fans (from our sense of wonder!).

      Also not on the list: A quirk of eccentrics.

      Finally, I have to challenge this challenge itself, or at least its title: A multiplicity of plurals!

      Apr. 08 2014 07:23 PM
      Allen from NYC

      Not on your list, but....

      A spurtle of teenagers frequently ride the subway causing a ruckus.

      Apr. 08 2014 06:12 PM

      A Heard of DJs.
      A Brooding of Hipsters.
      A Wave of Indie Filmmakers.
      A Cache of IT Guys.
      An Elixir of Operagoers.
      A Godot of Conceptual Artists.
      A Down Dog Kennel of Yoga Instructors.
      A Kettle of Vulture Capitalists.

      Apr. 08 2014 05:25 PM
      Neil Greenspan from Shaker Heights, OH

      a pride of Harvard (Stanford, Yale, Princeton ...) professors
      a squirm of politicians

      Apr. 08 2014 04:10 PM

      A fund of Indie Filmmakers
      A drive of IT guys
      An arch of critics
      A slouch of hipsters
      A banana of conceptual artists
      A sleeve of DJs
      A Worf of Trekkies
      A smug of yoga instructors

      And one not asked for:
      A guilt of smokers

      Apr. 08 2014 03:52 PM

      A boldness of Trekkies.

      Apr. 08 2014 03:13 PM
      xrayguy from Omaha Nebraska (Hi, Kurt)

      Oddly, I had been thinking of bringing this up for fun on our department page at the hospital- collective nouns for various hospital professions.
      So far-
      a clot of hemotologists (blood doctors)
      a draw of phlebotomists (the people to get your blood)
      a ray of radiographers OR a roentgen of radiographers (they make the xray images)
      a reading of radiologists (doctor who reads the images)
      a pap of gynecologists
      a delivery of obstetricians
      an impulse of neurologists

      Apr. 08 2014 01:11 PM
      Paul from Geneva Switzerland

      A self-consciousness of hipsters
      A hazard of venture capitalists
      A cycle of hipsters
      A trend of hipsters
      An ephemera of hipsters
      A vestige of opera goers
      An extincture of opera goers
      A knot of yoga instructors
      A nuisance of conceptual artists
      A presumption of critics
      A spin of DJs
      A scratch of DJs
      A play of DJs
      A cross current of Indie filmmakers
      A reel of indie filmmakers
      A discordance of indie filmmakers
      An aloofery of IT guys
      A disconnection of IT guys
      An obsession of Trekkies
      A foray of venture capitalists
      A strategy of venture capitalists
      A knot of yoga Instructors

      Apr. 08 2014 11:44 AM
      Linda Keller from Bridgeport, CT

      Sorry...couldn't resist adding an extra. This is habit forming....need to stop!!!

      A condescension of hipsters

      Apr. 08 2014 08:37 AM
      Victor from Danielsvile, GA

      A Blather of Critics
      A Palaver of DJs
      A Crime of Bankers
      and, (xfrench from Seattle), it's
      A Plague of Politicians
      (and a Suit of Lawyers).

      Apr. 08 2014 07:39 AM
      Joe M. from Quincy, MA

      A happenstance of hipsters

      Apr. 08 2014 07:13 AM
      Linda Keller from Bridgeport, CT

      A mindnumb of conceptual artists
      A curmudgeon of critics
      A rotation of DJ's
      An aplomb of hipsters
      A retrospective of indie filmmakers
      A technocracy of IT guys
      A gotterdammerung of opera goers
      a nostalgia of trekkies
      a voracity of venture capitalists
      A contortion of yoga instructors

      Apr. 08 2014 12:26 AM
      Judith

      A limber of yoga instructors

      A piss of critics

      A void of conceptual artists

      Apr. 07 2014 11:21 PM
      Laura from Nyack NY

      How about:
      An Insight of Psychotherapists?

      Apr. 07 2014 10:43 PM
      Carol Smith

      Scream of Conceptual artists
      Meh of Critics
      Spin of DJs
      Dude of Hipsters
      Opinion of Indie filmmakers
      Dweeb of IT guys
      Aria of Operagoers
      Basement of Trekkies
      Shark of Venture capitalists
      Om of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 07 2014 09:17 PM
      Andrew G from Wil'burg BKLYN

      a STRUGGLE of hipsters - has to be right

      Apr. 07 2014 08:24 PM
      Aidan Sleeper from Brooklyn

      A Loiter of Yoga Instructors
      A Privilege of Indie Filmmakers
      A Curse of critics
      A Dawdle of Hipsters
      A Cloud of IT guys
      A Re-run of Trekkies
      A Dwindle of Opera goers
      A Bubble of Venture Capitalists
      A Digital Download of DJs
      A Fathom of Conceptual Artists

      Apr. 07 2014 02:53 PM
      AmyG from Rocky Hill, NJ

      A credenza of critics, a flummox of yoga instructors, a timber of IT guys, a loom of trekkies.

      Apr. 07 2014 02:25 PM
      Jason Parrott from Washington, DC

      An Alliance of Trekkies
      A Pool of Venture Capitalists
      A Core of Yoga Instructors
      A Tragedy of Operagoers

      Apr. 07 2014 12:25 PM
      Susan A. Wallman from New York City

      Hi Kurt -- I have a couple of comments. First to the business at hand: I work at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, also known as the McGraw Hill building (I happen to work for McGraw Hill Financial). Howard Stern's broadcast studio is in this building, and from time to time, throngs of people gather outside the building--because they somehow have learned that someone famous will be visiting Howard, Lady Gaga for example--and they want to have a look.

      It occurs to me that these people are: A Gaggle of Gawkers.

      Secondly -- I always have a good laugh when you sign-off at the end of a broadcast telling your listeners that Andersen is spelled with an "e" not an "o". My maiden name was Aster. I always used to tell people: Aster with an "e" --(since most people, if they're not horticulturally inclined would think it was with an "o". Then, someone sent me a holiday greeting card, and the address on the envelope read: Astore. And I thought--well, come to think of it...I never say where the "e" is...and so why not. Always mean to tell you this funny story... . Just want to add how very much I enjoy listening to your show each week--it is always full of wonderful! All best, Susan (Aster--with an e) Wallman :)

      Apr. 07 2014 08:45 AM

      In regards to your collective noun challenge: A revulsion of critics. A whirligig of DJ's. An obsession of opera goers. An illusion of Treckies. A symmetry of yoga instructors.

      Apr. 06 2014 11:59 PM
      Carole from Olympia

      Conceptual artists: a Duchamp
      Critics: a snark
      DJs: a thump
      Hipsters: a suffering
      Indie filmmakers: a borrowing
      IT guys: a w00t
      Opera goers: an aspiration
      Trekkies: a wannabee
      Venture capitalists: a vision
      Yoga Instructors: a knot

      Apr. 06 2014 10:50 PM
      LeAnne from Tacoma

      A haze of DJs
      A phalanx of IT guys

      Apr. 06 2014 10:44 PM
      xfrench from Seattle

      A Dumblefunk of Hipsters
      A Verity of Artists
      A Stretch of Critics
      A Whoosh of IT Guys
      A Preen of Operalovers
      A Rose of DJs
      A Hope of Filmakers
      A Prost of Trekkies
      A Flush of Bankers
      A Sweat of Yogis
      and, of course,
      A Plague of Lawyers.

      Apr. 06 2014 10:26 PM
      xfrench from Seattle

      A Dumblefunk of Hipsters

      Apr. 06 2014 10:18 PM
      Leslie from Randolph, NY

      Not on the list, but as a clergy member, I call us a Peculiarity of Pastors. Great idea, this list.

      Apr. 06 2014 10:16 PM
      Wilson Goodson from Charlotte N.C.

      a complaint of Critics
      a turntable of DJ's
      a smell of Hipsters
      a grant of Indie filmakers
      a confusion of IT Guys
      a ring of Operagoers
      a ship of Trekkies
      a query of Venture Capitalists
      a flex of Yoga Instructors.

      Apr. 06 2014 08:34 PM
      Ken Clayton from Annapolis MD

      A glitch of IT guys

      Apr. 06 2014 08:27 PM
      Helene from NJ

      A geek of IT workers

      Apr. 06 2014 08:08 PM
      Windy

      A grouse of critics
      A slight of critics
      A grumble of critics
      A draft of conceptual artists
      A doodle of conceptual artists
      A sketch of conceptual artists
      A sequel of Trekkies
      A snobbery of opera goers
      Atribble of Trekkies
      A circuit of it guys
      A gig of it guys
      A jarmusch of indie film makers
      A loan of indie filmmakers
      A posture of hipsters
      A stream do hipsters
      An imposition of hipsters
      An annoyance of hipsters
      A risk of venture capitalists
      A mantra of yoga instructors
      A dilithium of Trekkies
      A photon of treckies
      An enterprise of treckies
      A bankruptcy of venture capitalists

      Apr. 06 2014 07:56 PM
      Swatson

      I second "an irony of hipsters"! (Was going to post that, but someone beat me to it)

      An asana of yoga teachers

      A directive of Trekkies

      A spin of DJs
      A sample of DJs

      A Gesamtkunstwerk of operagoers
      A chandelier of operagoers

      A Duchamp of conceptual artists

      Apr. 06 2014 04:11 PM
      John from NYC

      A stretch of yoga instructors

      Apr. 06 2014 03:48 PM
      Amy from Manhattan

      An aria of operagoers, or a scene of operagoers. "Scene" could also be hipsters, & maybe conceptual artists too!

      Apr. 06 2014 02:58 PM
      Hannah Julia from NYC

      A collection of conceptual artists.
      A pick of critics.
      A scratch of DJs.
      A remix of DJs.
      A soundbox of DJs.
      A beat of DJs.
      A rhythm of DJs.
      A scene of hipsters.
      A clique of hipsters.
      A swag(ger) of hipsters.
      An introspective of indie film makers.
      A perspective of indie film makers.
      A computation of IT guys.
      A matrix of IT guys.
      An algorithm of IT guys.
      A "click" of IT guys.
      A spectacle of operagoers.
      An "aAAhHhhHh" of operagoers.
      A beam of Trekkies.
      A mother load of Trekkies.
      A mothership of Trekkies.
      A gangle of Trekkies.
      A cache of venture capitalists.
      An expansion of venture capitalists.
      A growth of venture capitalists.
      A tangle of yoga instructors.
      A breath of yoga instructors.
      A stretch of yoga instructors.
      A balance of yoga instructors.

      Apr. 06 2014 02:53 PM
      Lynn Nortman from Park Slope, Brooklyn

      A Tribble of Trekkies

      A kvetch of critics

      Apr. 06 2014 02:36 PM
      David Kyler from Saint Simons Island, Georgia

      A CLUMP of conceptual artists?
      A SKEIN of critics?
      A RACKET of DJs?
      A Pose of Hipsters?
      A PULSE of Indie Filmakers?
      A NUB of IT guys?
      A PRETENSE of Operagoers
      A DESPERATION of Trekkies
      A VORTEX of Venture capitalists
      An INVERSION OF Yoga instructors

      Apr. 06 2014 01:27 PM
      Tony Zahorik from Nashville, TN

      I can't remember where these came from, possibly the Algonquin Roundtable, but a discussion of collective nouns for ladies of the evening led to: a platter of tarts, a flourish of strumpets, and a pride of loins. I wish I could take credit for any one of them.

      Apr. 06 2014 12:28 PM
      Erik from Dover, NJ

      A wub of DJs
      A flannel of Hipsters
      A snoot of Operagoers

      Apr. 06 2014 12:27 PM
      Jenna from NoVA


      A spondulix of venture capitalists
      A skrilla of venture capitalists
      A lucre of venture capitalists
      A cheddar of venture capitalists
      A ducat of venture capitalists

      A tallboy of hipsters

      A tier of opera goers
      A subscription of opera goers
      A mezzanine of opera goers
      A rigoletto of opera goers
      A figaro of opera goers
      A season of opera goers

      An enigma of conceptual artists
      An exhibition of conceptual artists

      A spock of Trekkies

      A ticket of IT guys
      A packet of IT guys
      A helping of IT guys

      A screening of indie film makers
      A reel of indie filmmakers
      A struggle of indie filmmakers

      An equivocation of critics
      An evaluation of critics
      An assessment of critics
      A bestowing of critics
      An arbiter of critics

      A jam of DJs
      A rhythm of DJs
      A beat of DJs

      Apr. 06 2014 12:23 PM
      ken burns from NH

      A something of Conceptual Artists
      A harrumph of Critics
      A scratch of DJ's
      A disdain of Hipsters
      A borrowing of Indie filmmakers
      A relief of IT guys
      A crescendo of Opera goers
      A cluster of Trekkies
      A possession of Venture Capitalists
      A contortion of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 06 2014 11:45 AM
      Carl Wittenberg from Ashland City, TN

      An irritation of conceptual artists
      An obligation of critics
      A decibel of DJs
      A burden of hipsters
      A pretension indie filmmakers
      An obfuscation of IT guys
      A baffle of operagoers
      A starfleet of trekkies
      A bailout of venture capitalists
      A length of yoga instructors

      Also, not requested but how about a redundancy of lawyers

      Apr. 06 2014 11:41 AM
      Lilly Barrow from NYC

      A Confusion of Conceptual Artists

      A Hubris of Critics

      A Manipulation of D.J.s

      A Fedora of Hipsters

      A Shoestring of Indie Film Makers

      A Motherboard of IT guys

      A Subscription of Opera Goers

      An Obsession of Trekkies

      A Barometer of Venture Capitalists

      A Knot of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 06 2014 11:34 AM

      Perhaps not "a pomposity of hosts," but rather "a host of pomposities"... " ?:^・

      "An uncertainty of quantum physicists."
      "A cozening of pyramid schemes."
      "An alignment of chiropractors."
      "A carpal tunnel of keystrokes."
      "A clef of G-strings." (Or, maybe, "a cleft.")
      "A liberality of public radio stations."
      "An exhaustion of collective nouns."

      Joel

      P.S. I enjoyed "An Exaltation of Larks" as well!

      Apr. 06 2014 11:32 AM
      Dan from LES NYC

      I second either:
      An Irony of Hipsters
      Or a Beard of Hipsters

      And suggest:
      A Scratch of DJs

      Apr. 06 2014 11:25 AM
      Isaac from Brooklyn, NY

      A posse of hipsters.

      Apr. 06 2014 11:23 AM
      Margo Bruton from Montclair, NJ

      A preen of hipsters

      Apr. 06 2014 11:20 AM
      Darrel Nelson from Twin Cities, MN

      a Blend of Conceptual Artists

      a Gabble of Critics

      a Din of DJs

      an Encumbrance of Hipsters

      a Reel of Indie filmmakers

      a Gig of IT guys

      an Accordance of Opera goers

      a Federation of Trekkies

      a Mint of Venture Capitalists

      an Arc of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 06 2014 11:15 AM
      Alma Sanchez-Eppler

      A fledge of first-years / freshmen

      Apr. 06 2014 11:04 AM
      Darrel Nelson from Twin Cities, MN

      I should think it would have been obvious, but I don't see it mentioned here by any others...seems like a natural too: a Federation of Trekkies

      Apr. 06 2014 09:49 AM
      Barbara Belknap from Minnetonka, MN

      An Aura of Conceptual Artists
      A Quibble of Critics
      A Babel of DJs
      A Wardrobe of Hipsters
      An Illusion of Indie Filmmakers
      A Helpdesk of IT Guys
      An Appreciation of Operagoers
      A Vengeance of Trekkies
      An Avarice of Venture Capitalists
      A Posture of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 10:46 PM
      Maryann keep

      A crescendo of opera-goers
      A claque of opera-goers

      Apr. 05 2014 09:41 PM
      Jonathan from Santa Monica, CA

      a soapdish of conceptual artists
      a whinge of critics
      a drop of DJs
      a monocle of hipsters
      a mumble of indie filmmakers
      a khaki of IT guys
      an anachronism of operagoers
      a con of Trekkies
      a crapshoot of venture capitalists
      a contortion of yoga instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 08:50 PM
      Sunshine702 from Near Zappos Las Vegas

      A "smug" of hipsters.

      Apr. 05 2014 07:54 PM
      Ruth from Rego Park, NY

      Conceptual artists an IDEATION of artists

      Critics a JUDGMENT of critics

      DJs a STAMMER of DJs

      Hipsters a CHILL of Hipsters

      Indie filmmakers a FLIMFLAM of filmmakers

      IT guys a PANIC of IT guys

      Operagoers an AFICIANDO of Operagoers

      Trekkies a TRANSPORTER of Trekkies

      Venture capitalists a WEALTH of Venture capitalists

      Yoga Instructors a SALUTATION of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 05:52 PM
      Nicholas Lowe from Melrose, MA


      A "Fixie" of Hipsters

      Apr. 05 2014 05:01 PM
      Francesca Blanco from Queens, Ny

      (Seeing two types of collective nouns: the literal verb to noun approach, and the fake compound words- both good. Both can be alliterative. Are there other types?)

      An Irony of Hipsters

      A Plandering of Politicians

      A Greeding of Venture Capitalists

      A Bloviatte of Conceptual Artists

      Apr. 05 2014 04:54 PM
      Thomas from New Jersey

      An esoteric of Conceptual artists
      An insult of Critics
      A vibe of DJs
      A pretension of Hipsters
      A shocker of Indie filmmakers
      A geekery of IT guys
      A bourgeoisie of Operagoers
      A Shatner of Trekkies
      A valuation of Venture capitalists
      A mat of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 04:25 PM
      PJMWORK

      A scold of critics?

      Apr. 05 2014 04:19 PM
      Stuart Portnoy from Arlington VA

      An Umbra of Conceptual Artists
      A Qualm of Critics
      A Dazzle of DJs
      A Mock of Hipsters
      A Blazon of Indie Filmmakers
      A Funk of IT Guys
      A Magnum of Operagoers
      A Galaxy of Trekkies
      A Bravado of Venture Capitalists
      A Pluck of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 03:51 PM
      Jenna from Northern VA


      A bafflement of conceptual artists
      A perplexity of conceptual artists
      A manifesto of conceptual artists

      An exegesis of critics
      A quibble of critics

      A rave of DJs
      A rage of DJs

      A conspicuousness of hipsters

      A festival of indie film makers
      A quentin of indie film makers

      A cache of IT guys

      A lorgnette of opera goers

      A shatner of Trekkies
      A convention of Trekkies
      A galaxy of Trekkies

      A fund of venture capitalists
      A risk of venture capitalists
      A commodity of venture capitalists

      A lulu of yoga instructors
      A mat of yoga instructors
      A unity of yoga instructors
      A lotus of yoga instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 03:36 PM
      Bob

      A group of trekkies should be an "away team".

      Apr. 05 2014 03:34 PM
      Bob

      What about a "funk" of hippies?

      Apr. 05 2014 03:23 PM
      Philip Kopper from Chevy Chase MD

      ◦A template of Conceptual Artists
      ◦A constipation of Critics
      ◦A blather of DJs
      ◦A slobber of Hipsters
      ◦An affectation of Indie filmmakers
      ◦A gigabite of IT guys
      ◦A claque of Operagoers
      ◦A galaxie of Trekkies
      ◦A tapeworm of Venture Capitalists
      ◦A swami of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 03:14 PM
      Paul F. Volpe from Northern VA

      A fleet of Trekkies
      A beard of Hipsters
      A spin of DJs
      A network of IT Guys
      A mantra of Yoga Instructors
      A wad of Venture Capitalists
      A song of Operagoers

      Apr. 05 2014 02:23 PM
      Jason Parrott from Washington, DC

      A pedantry of lawyers

      Apr. 05 2014 02:19 PM
      Louise Grindrod

      A wan of IT guys.

      (I resemble that remark)

      Apr. 05 2014 11:18 AM
      Ken Wieland from Pennsylvania

      A Notion of Conceptual Artists
      A Barb of Critics
      A Spin of DJs
      A Wicked of Hipsters
      A Budget of Indie Filmmakers
      A Drive of IT Guys
      A Score of Opera Goers
      A Beam of Trekkies
      An Equity of Venture Capitalists
      A Salutation of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 10:57 AM
      Chris Mellon from Brooklyn

      A flagon of hipsters

      Apr. 05 2014 10:16 AM
      John from Rockland

      A CLOT of bicycles

      Apr. 05 2014 08:53 AM
      Mark B from Philadelphia


      An Orb of Conceptual artists
      A Font of Critics
      A Milk-Crate of DJs
      A Soft-Pack of Hipsters
      A Budget of Indie filmmakers
      A Switch of IT guys
      A Tux of Operagoers
      A Basement of Trekkies
      A Shelter of Venture capitalists
      A Flex of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 05 2014 07:45 AM
      Andrew Clifford from New Jersey

      Not on the list, but one we came up with for our wedding:

      A bouffant of bridesmaids

      Apr. 05 2014 06:51 AM
      hollthedoll from NYU Adjacent

      An imbroligio of critics
      A fedora of hipsters
      A fog of conceptual artists
      A hoover of venture capitalists
      A celebacy of IT guys
      A levitation of yoga instructors
      An exhalation of yoga instructors
      A glitter of operagoers
      A fog of conceptual artists
      A shi#load of trekkies
      An ego of d.j's
      A bachlorhood of trekkies

      Apr. 05 2014 03:15 AM
      Justin

      A nomination of critics

      A sample of Djs
      (Unsolicited, but a cadence of rappers fits with this)

      A trend of hipsters

      A directive of trekkies

      Apr. 05 2014 02:19 AM
      Nancy Schwalen

      a snark of critics

      Apr. 05 2014 01:08 AM
      Julia from Chicago

      A Skinny of Hipsters!

      Apr. 05 2014 01:06 AM
      Joe from Bklyn

      • A Yoko of Conceptual Artists
      • A rapier of Critics
      • A platter of DJs
      • A beard of Hipsters
      • A maxed-out AMEX of Indie Filmmakers
      • A gigabyte of IT Guys and Gals (!)
      • A snore of Operagoers
      • A parent's basement of Trekkies
      • An empty nest egg of Venture Capitalists
      • An om of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 04 2014 10:42 PM
      Debbie Meltzer from Bedminster, NJ

      an enterprise of trekkies
      a snark of critics
      a melodrama of opera goers
      a cloud of IT guys
      a pose of yoga instructors

      Apr. 04 2014 10:17 PM
      Cody Rocko

      A hype of hipsters

      Apr. 04 2014 08:21 PM
      Jan from Cleveland OH

      A growl of Critics; A Flight of Trekkies;

      Apr. 04 2014 07:45 PM
      Aaron

      A good one I heard a while ago was "a snarl of critics".

      Apr. 04 2014 06:03 PM
      MB in NYC

      How dare you include Terry Gross, who is never pompous.

      Apr. 04 2014 02:59 PM
      Marty Gordon from Seattle

      A happening of Conceptual artists
      A Critics
      A stereo of DJs
      A thrifts of Hipsters
      A Miramax of Indie filmmakers
      A download of IT guys
      A cacophony of Operagoers
      A snoot of operagoers
      An enterprise of Trekkies
      A greed of Venture capitalists
      A contortion of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 04 2014 02:57 PM

      Here you go....

      An abstraction of conceptual artists
      A picayune of critics
      A resentment of critics
      A carp of critics
      A dance of DJs
      A precious of hipsters
      A louche of hipsters
      A poser of hipsters
      A beggar of Indie filmmakers
      A turnoff of IT guys
      A penguin of operagoers
      A dweeb of trekkies
      A vulture of venture capitalists
      A skimmer of venture capitalists
      A stretch of yoga instructors
      A namaste of yoga instructors

      Unlike the collective nouns for animals, which I love and which carry no value judgment (murder of crows excepted), applying the idea to people invites caricature (and maybe a wee bit of judgment), right? No offense intended!

      Apr. 04 2014 02:45 PM
      Mark Smethurst from New York

      A pretension of hipsters.

      Apr. 04 2014 02:25 PM
      Lili

      A conundrum of Public Radio listeners!!!!!

      Apr. 04 2014 12:33 PM

      Funny and cute idea, but to avoid stereotyping and subsequent marginalization which is a very bad deed, how about "an idiosity of human beings"?

      Apr. 04 2014 12:33 PM
      David from Studio 360

      a spin of DJs
      a cord of IT guys
      a pan of critics
      a flexion of yoga instructors

      Apr. 04 2014 12:03 PM
      collectivism

      A Bomb Shelter of Blondes
      A Shadow of Brunettes

      Apr. 04 2014 10:51 AM

      A few I had more than one suggestion...

      * Conceptual artists
      --- An Ostentation of Conceptual Artists

      * Critics
      --- A Condescension of Critics

      * DJs
      --- A Scratch of DJs

      * Hipsters
      --- A Trend of Hipsters (pretty obvious choice)

      * Indie filmmakers
      --- An Auteur of Indie Filmmakers
      --- A Mise-en-scène of Indie Filmmakers (hyphen cheat)

      * IT guys
      --- An OS of IT Guys (as in Operating System)
      --- Bonus: A Googol of Software Engineers (super obvious)

      * Operagoers
      --- A Cycle of Operagoers
      --- A Ring of Operagoers

      * Trekkies
      --- An Enterprise of Trekkies (obvious)
      --- A Red-Shirt of Trekkies

      * Venture capitalists
      --- A Bubble Of Venture Capitalists (way obvious)

      * Yoga Instructors
      --- A Balance of Yoga Instructors
      --- A Pose of Yoga Instructors

      Apr. 04 2014 10:08 AM

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