Most collective nouns, or “terms of venery,” were coined during the 15th century. A handful of these obscure phrases have made a comeback, thanks to James Lipton’s wonderful compendium of collective nouns, 'An Exaltation of Larks.' Here are some of our favorites.
  1. Business of Ferrets
  2. Labor of Moles
  3. Shrewdness of Apes
  4. Mustering of Storks
  5. Murder of Crows
  6. Unkindness of Ravens
  7. Ostentation of Peacocks
  8. Pass of Asses
  9. Kindle of Kittens
  10. String of Ponies
  11. Hand of Bananas
  12. Charm of Finches
  13. Trip of Goats
  14. Parliament of Owls
  15. Superfluity of Nuns
  16. Poverty of Pipers
  17. Worship of Writers
  18. Gam of Whales
  19. Smack of Jellyfish
  20. Work these into conversation!
    According to Lipton, the terms above “are authentic and authoritative. They were used, they were correct, and they are useful, correct—and available—today.”