I am back on the subject of the ‘Writing Magazine’ again – another interesting article appeared in this month’s edition on collective nouns. The article was really to promote Chloe Rhodes’ book ‘An Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns.’
The article gave some interesting examples. ‘A Kindle of Kittens’, (from where did Amazon get their word Kindle?). Another example if ‘A misbelief of painters’ which refers to artists, in particular, portrait painters tended to strike a balance between truth and flatter. This, in turn, reminded me of Samuel Cooper, famous for his paintings of Oliver Cromwell.
Cooper was regarded as the best miniature portrait painter of his day. Cooper had painted an earlier portrait of Cromwell soon after he came to power, in which he appeared to have received Botox, and the face looked more noble, but later Cooper gave the famous order for less flattery and more accuracy. Even the portraits he painted of royalty were accurate – ‘warts and all’! (I wonder whether this is from where we get the saying?).
I ‘googled’ ‘collective noun for writers’, and surprising nothing came up, although very interesting websites appeared. A few of them give their selections. One website ‘Quill Café’ came up with ‘A Worship of Writers’ (I think this sounds too high-faluting for me. Sometimes I swear when I am writing). One reader suggested ‘A Quill of Writers’.
What do you think the collective noun should be for writers?