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Is mother a collective noun?

Question #62896. Asked by soonappear.
Last updated Sep 06 2016.

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Baloo55th
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Unless I'm missing something here, no. A collective noun is something like flock, congregation, or skein (not of wool). It's a grouping of other things. Mothers tend to be individuals. And before anyone suggests it, 'charity worker' is not a collective noun. Even when they're rattling a tin at you...

Feb 26 2006, 6:26 AM
davejacobs
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A rattle of charity workers perhaps?
Cheers, DaveJ

Feb 26 2006, 10:10 AM
mementoflash
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Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

Feb 27 2006, 10:54 AM
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Baloo55th
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That's more than one mother...

Feb 27 2006, 2:56 PM
xfacilitatorx
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A GAGGLE of geese. A POD of whales. A MURDER of crows.


Collective nouns (also known as terms of venery or nouns of assemblage) in English are subject-specific words used to define a grouping of people, animals, objects or concepts. For example, in the phrase "a parliament of owls", parliament is a collective noun.

link http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/collective_nouns.htm

Response last updated by satguru on Sep 06 2016.
Feb 28 2006, 1:19 PM
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Baloo55th
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Most of these collective nouns were invented by Victorian parsons and such with nothing better to do. No-one uses them outside crosswords and quizzes. Gaggle and skein, yes, pod and some others. But a murmuration of larks? Have you ever SEEN a group of larks? I haven't. Nor a group of owls. There's even one for rhinoceroses - which are extremely solitary beasts! In the UK at least, if you see a flock of crows, they're probably rooks anyway...

Feb 28 2006, 2:30 PM
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Baloo55th
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Correction - an exultation of larks. They still don't group round here.

Feb 28 2006, 3:00 PM
JoshCaleb12
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C. S. Lewis refered to a parliament of owls in his Chronicles of Narnia, I believe...

Mar 01 2006, 4:49 PM
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Mother of all wars.

Mar 01 2006, 5:37 PM
xfacilitatorx
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That is descriptive or categoric not collective.

Mar 01 2006, 8:18 PM
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