An Absurdity of Plurals, 1938

Who came up with the pluralisations of animals? When and, also, why? They are gloriously poetic but useless – you can hardly use most of them in real life without looking like a self-satisfaction of tossers.

And whoever invented “A Singular of Boars” is just taking the piss.

Animal collective nouns, The Weekend Book, 1938

Animal collective nouns, The Weekend Book, 1938

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