Though pandemics & such may get in the way, we humans tend to form groups, so it’s no surprise that over the centuries English speakers have come up with countless words to label those groups. I hope you’ll enjoy this collection of words that refer to groups of people. Keep an eye out for those you find remarkable (some of my favorites include a w… of soliders, a s… of nuns & a s… of ascetics).
Groups of friends:
Circle, clique, host, multitude, & troop
Groups of nuns:
Convent, nunnery, order, sisterhood, & superfluity
Groups of soldiers:
Army, band, battalion, brigade, casern, century, company, crue, echelle, file, guard, host, kern, maniple, platoon, soldiery, squad, squadron, troop, velites, & wappenshaw
Groups of scholars:
Class, form, grade, & school
Groups of prisoners:
Batch, clutch, colony, & horde
Groups of monks:
Brotherhood, community, kellion, monastery, order, sangha (Buddhist), & skete (Ascetics)
Groups of rogues, ruffians, knaves or thieves:
Crue, picaros, gang, horde, mohock, den, ring, thickness, raffle, & ropery
What's remarkable in all this? Please leave a note in the comments section.
My thanks go out to this week’s sources: OED, Merriam Webster, Wordnik,Etymonline & David W.K. Godrich’s A Gaggle of Geese, 2011
I write for teens, narrate audio books, bake bread, play music, and ponder the wonder of words in a foggy little town on California's central coast.