Stuart Kelly on collective nouns

Author and literary editor Stuart Kelly 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.

One of the great things about the All-Sorts project is that it has been so open and global, given that the origins of a lot of these collective nouns are very exclusive and privilged.

In advance of the event, Kelly provided a list of “a few words for which I would like the audience to come up with Collective Nouns”:

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