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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Guest Post from Hilary Melton-Butcher

     Today we have a creative diversion of ideas.  Just for fun here are some A to Z's from Hilary Melton-Butcher from Positive Letters, Inspirational Stories

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The A, B, Cs of collectives nouns ...

Those wonder words that evoke disruptive thoughts in our minds such as  a murder of crows ...  here’s my list:

Polar Bear

Aurora of Polar Bears

Bellowing of Bullfinches

Convocation of Eagles

Dole of Doves

Exaltation of Larks

Flush of Ducks  
Gang of Elks

Head of Curlews


Impalas ... ah! A couple of ...

Journey of Giraffes

Kindle of Kittens

Leap of Snow Leopards

Murder of Crows

Nye of Pheasants

Obstruction of Dons

Parliament of Owls

Quiver of Cobras

Rush of Pochards

Sedge of Cranes

Trip of Dotterels

Unkindness of Ravens

Vagary of Impediments

Worship of Writers

X for I don’t know what!

Yakkety yak ... a herd of

Zealish Zebras .. live in small harems, or larger herds

What else can you think of to help Lee in his build up for the A – Z April challenge ... any other collectives that amuse you? 

Cheers – Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge starts next Sunday!  Are you ready?

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  1. A mob of kangaroos, a herd of seahorses and a pod of dolphins.

    I made up the herd of seahorses, but it sounds good ;)



  2. Hi Lee - that was a surprise!! Thanks for using my suggestions - there's a new one on my blog for you - Juggling ....?

    I'm ready (ish!) ...

    Cheers looking forward to it .. Hilary

  3. the room is spinning... i feel good, i cannot wait to see what people are going to do. some great advice here. thank you,

    jeremy [retro-z]

  4. The owls one is slightly creepy! I can't believe it's almost April already :)

  5. I love love love your writing, Hilary. Great job. My favorite (I think) is Vagary of Impediments. You're a word master--you are.


  6. Oh, so you're the mastermind behind this A-Z challenge I see everywhere! I did actually sign up though find it daunting; I only blog once a week as I really revise each post before posting. I am not fond of off the cuff posting but am fond of inspiration! Here's hoping! Thanks for reading my post and following. Following you back.

  7. I've never even heard of a Pochard! I'm just googling them, so nice!

  8. A flink of cows!! (This learned from the side of a Snapple bottle while teaching 4th graders about collective nouns)

  9. Hilary is a wonderful writer and blogger friend. I'm so excited that she signed up again for the A to Z. Can't wait to enjoy her educational and insightful post!

    Love to you, Hilary!


  10. Very clever! I see many are still struggling with X.

  11. Yes the Xenophobia of Xylophones at Xmas is a result of the X chromosome is hardly xciting

  12. Such fun words... a helpful list which will trigger ideas...

  13. This was excellent Hilary, I too have wondered about the juggling.
    Wonderful concept. Thanks for sharing.


  14. I like this, especially Dole of Doves and Murder of Crows. It's funny how they are complete opposites yet both of my faves from this list. Or, maybe it's odd and indicates that I am unbalanced in some way, shape or form, lol.

    Blog: The Madlab Post
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  15. That was awesome. I've always been fascinated with how those "herd" names came about. Worth digging into, but for me, AFTER the challenge ;-)
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

  16. I've always liked the phrase "gaggle of geese." Or gaggle of girls, I guess... The giggly girls gossip in gaggles.

    Lauren@ Word Art

  17. I was enjoying reading your list wondering what your "X" would be!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  18. Great list, Hilary. I quite like an army of ants, and a clowder of cats.

  19. X was easy for me because I just had to find an animal with an X starting scientific name.
    Clowder of cats, yes!

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  20. Hilary, great list! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Lots of great ideas here Hilary! I also like Delores' "Wanton Wannabees." Excuse me, I have some writing to do. Julie

  22. Wonderful Hilary - I've been really enjoying letting my creative juice run freely this times I find myself laughing at the words I have discovered along the way.

    Cheers, Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

  23. Very creative! I like a Kindle of Kittens :-)

  24. Hi everyone - many thanks .. it was a great fun post to do .. and you've all added to the mix .. it's amazing what ideas we can come up with ..

    I like Rob's ideas for X .. - and this year I have failed - but I'll utilise my XYZ for another linked idea ..

    Enjoy - it's only a week away .. have fun in the A - Z and see you all there ..

    Thanks Lee - for such an excellent blogging challenge, that seems to have caught us all alight .. Cheers Hilary

  25. A Kindle of kittens is cute. How about an extravagance of oxen. Cheating a bit I know but hey!

  26. Boy, seeing a bunch of elk together sure is like seeing a gang! Love this post!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z


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