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A quabble of tweets, and other collective nouns for the web


The English language is full of great collective nouns.

A murder of crows is a classic. Then there’s a parliament of owls, an unkindness of ravens, a down of hares, a clowder of cats.

But there aren’t many for the web. That’s changing thanks to Collective Nouns for the Web (organised by Melanie Sumner).

There aren’t many yet but I like these three:

  • A vanity is ten or more domains owned by a single person, where very few are in use.
  • A parade of RSS feeds is when you have so many RSS feeds that you have to scroll to see them all.
  • A quabble of Tweets is the responses or quote tweets that spawn from an especially hot/unpleasant take.

You can suggest new collective nouns by filling an issue on GitHub.

My partner and I have started trialling a few. Here’s what we’ve come up with:

  • a clout of influencers
  • a tempest of reply guys
  • a snit of stans
  • a trantrum of incels
  • a classified of spam bots
  • a borer of crypto boosters

I’ll be thinking about this for a while.



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