Collected Assassinations

“Is there a collective noun for assassins?” asks Jenni Hill on Twitter.

Good question.

The first thing I can think of is borrowed from crows: “a murder of assassins” sounds right… and I reckon this is the very first thought that popped into your head too.

But I love collective nouns – particularly ones which aren’t actually real – so I can’t quite stop thinking about this one.

So far, I’ve come up with “a stealth”, “an abdication”, “a violence” and “a whisper” of assassins. But my favourite is probably “a pratchett of assassins”, because it’s just *right*.

Mind you, whether it’s a murder, a violence or a full-blown pratchett of assassins, I don’t think I’d want to meet them in a darkened alley. Not unless I had a bristling of swords on my side…

What about you? What are your favourite non-existent collective nouns… and how would you answer Jenni?

Leave a comment, and I’ll collect the best ones that have come in via the blog & Twitter!


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