Macquarie Dictionary Blog
Invent an Aussie collective noun!
Nov 10, 2017
Everyone loves collective nouns. Some might say they are the longest lasting listicle in history (and others might say that's a bit hyperbolic).
We've looked at collective nouns before in their many weird and wonderful forms, but casting an eye over the Australian landscape, there is a dissatisfying dearth of terms for common and less common Australian fauna. We of course have a mob of kangaroos, a harem of fur seals and a smack of jellyfish but we want to see all of our beautiful, unique Australian fauna represented.
So, suggest some new, quintessentially Australian collective nouns.
Tweet us, comment and tag us in your most imaginative, outlandish and of course, fitting new terms. We've got a starter list of animals below, but don't stop there, we want your most obscure, clever, interesting and fun takes on what makes an Aussie collective noun.
We'll collect these over the next week and give our favourite entries prizes from the new Seventh Edition Macquarie Dictionary range just in time for Christmas!
Terms and conditions: Multiple entries permitted. Three winners will be selected by Macquarie Dictionary editors based on creativity. This competition runs from 10/11/2016 to 30/11/2016. Prize for each winner is one (1) copy of the Macquarie Dictionary Seventh Edition, valued at $120.00.