This week, I've been pondering some disturbing questions that have been raised by close examination of collective nouns.
Perhaps some of you can help me to find the answers.
A bevy of beauties
How many beauties are required to make a bevy?
What is the collective noun for a group of ugly girls?
A murder of crows
How many crows died to make it a murder, and whodunnit?
Flocks of birds and flocks of sheep.
This noun seems to infer that sheep were (or are) able to fly.
If so, what made them stop?
A clutch of eggs.
Don't eggs break if you clutch 'em?
A knot of toads.
Who would be cruel enough to tie 'em all together, and then have the gall to coin a collective noun which commemorates such a heinous act?