The Collective Noun Challenge – Japan Edition

English has a fantastic array of collective nouns. Here are some of my favourites:

  • a shrewdness of apes
  • a paddling of ducks
  • a superfluity of nuns
  • an unkindness of ravens
  • a murmuration of starlings
  • an observance of hermits
  • a labour of moles
  • a kindle of kittens
  • a business of ferrets
  • a piteousness of doves
  • a richesse or martens

Great, aren’t they? They’re much better than a group of this or a bunch of that. It’s a shame that nobody bothers to invent new ones these days. So, here’s a little challenge for you:

Can you think of interesting collective nouns for the following Japanese words?

  • otaku
  • salarymen
  • OLs (Office Ladies)
  • tarento

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4 Comments

  1. Kevin the salaryman

    A sighting of otaku.

    A misery of salarymen.

    A heel of OLs.

    A dearth of tarento.

  2. tudza

    An obsess of otaku

    A stagger of salarymen

    A titter of OL ( wow, I just realized that’s a double-entendre )

    A stage of tarento? A pose of tarento?

    • Tuzda & Kevin: Nice work! Particularly like “misery of salarymen” and “obsess of otaku”!

  3. uncle n

    a rampage of salarymen

    a brush of OLs