All Sorts featured on North Atlantic Radio

Brian Suda from North Atlantic Radio interviews Drew Neil about the All Sorts project. They talk about the site’s origins and how it has grown. Brian recalls the Moo cards that were used to promote the site, and Drew talks of the recent exhibition of screen printed collective noun illustrations in Edinburgh’s Owl & Lion gallery.

Stuart Kelly on collective nouns

Our friends at the West Port Book Festival have just put on a wonderful collective nouns event with Stuart Kelly. The author and literary editor is a closet fan of collective nouns, those brilliant and brain-bending terms that allow us to junk a dullard ‘group’ or ‘flock’ for many more interesting and apt alternatives. You can listen to it on their excellent podcast.

Collective Nouns Illustrated

Back in March we teamed up with the Owl and Lion gallery and the West Port Book Festival, challenging you to illustrate your choice of collective noun from the index. We were thrilled with the response. Artists and illustrators from all round the world expressed their interest. The high quality of submissions meant that it was a tough job for our judges. You can see the winning entries below.

Pecha Kucha Night

Drew Neil, the creator of, gave a Pecha Kucha talk on Venereal Terms in Edinburgh last month. Watch it here.

First Birthday is 1 year old! Thank you to all who have made it what it is today. Drew Neil, the creator of the site, reminisces about how it all came to be.

A call for #collectivenouns illustrations

Open submission for artists and illustrators: we are looking for original artwork using subjects from the index of collective nouns to form an exhibition at the Owl & Lion Gallery.

The Exaltation of Wordplay - James Lipton

A video interview with James Lipton, who compiled the definitive study of English-language collective nouns: An Exaltation of Larks.

Terms of venery illustrated by Kate O'Leary

We are not the only ones who have gone collective noun crazy. Artist Kate O’Leary is exhibiting A Crash of Critters at the fill in the blank gallery in Chicago this month. The exhibition features original illustrations inspired by terms of venery.

What is the collective noun for segways?

Google Sightseeing recently posed the question: “What is the collective noun for a group of segways anyway?” We made a call for suggestions, and our tweeps delivered.

@collectivenouns is not a bot!

It is fair to say that @collectivenouns pursues its agenda single-mindedly, to the extent that some twitterers have mistaken the account for a ‘bot. But robot we are not. From time to time, we like to assert this, as the following conversation demonstrates.

Collective noun word clouds

Creating collective noun clouds with wordle.

You should follow @collectivenouns on Twitter here.