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Collective nouns that come from Middle English


A murder of crows: 10 collective nouns you didn’t realise originate from the Middle Ages | History Extra

Why are geese in a gaggle? And are crows really murderous? Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from?


Collective nouns are weird! Someone just decided that a group of something would be given a specific name, and that’s that. Of course, language is defined by usage, not really by people making proclamations, so not all of these have survived the test of time.

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