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In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings

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Collective nouns  &  HOMONYMS

Collective nouns & HOMONYMS

We are all familiar with     a herd of cows

We are all familiar with  

a herd of cows

a herd of deer

a herd of deer

a flock of chickens

a flock of chickens

a gaggle of geese

a gaggle of geese

a pride of lions

a pride of lions

However, there are less known collective nouns. They are often homonyms to the words used in everyday life.

However, there are less known collective nouns. They are often homonyms to the words used in everyday life.

In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.

In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.

A school is a place for teaching and learning

A school is a place for teaching and learning

a school of fish

a school of fish

A thunder is loud explosive sound in the air following the lightning.

A thunder is loud explosive sound in the air following the lightning.

a thunder of bisons

a thunder of bisons

A troop is a group of soldiers.  

A troop is a group of soldiers.  

a troop of lions

a troop of lions

A field is an open area of land without trees or buildings. 

A field is an open area of land without trees or buildings. 

a field of horses

a field of horses

Murder is the crime of deliberately killing a person.

Murder is the crime of deliberately killing a person.

a murder of crows

a murder of crows

A train is a connected group of railroad cars.  

A train is a connected group of railroad cars.  

a train of camels

a train of camels

A coalition is a group of people, parties, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose. 

A coalition is a group of people, parties, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose. 

a coalition of cheetahs

a coalition of cheetahs

An army is a large group of soldiers organized to fight battles on land. 

An army is a large group of soldiers organized to fight battles on land. 

an army of ants

an army of ants

an army of caterpillars

an army of caterpillars

A pack is a small paper or cardboard package in which small things are sold. 

A pack is a small paper or cardboard package in which small things are sold. 

a pack of wolves

a pack of wolves

A team is a group of people who compete in a sport, game, etc.

A team is a group of people who compete in a sport, game, etc.

a team of oxen

a team of oxen

A tower is a tall, narrow building or structure that may stand apart from or be attached to another building or structure. 

A tower is a tall, narrow building or structure that may stand apart from or be attached to another building or structure. 

a tower of giraffes

a tower of giraffes

A band is a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together  .

A band is a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together  .

a band of gorillas

a band of gorillas

A crash is an accident in which a vehicle is seriously damaged or destroyed by hitting something.  

A crash is an accident in which a vehicle is seriously damaged or destroyed by hitting something.  

a crash of rhinoceroses

a crash of rhinoceroses

A constable is a police officer of the lowest rank.

A constable is a police officer of the lowest rank.

a constable of ravens

a constable of ravens

A colony is an area that is controlled by or belongs to a country and is usually far away from 

A colony is an area that is controlled by or belongs to a country and is usually far away from 

a colony of penguins

a colony of penguins

Ballet is a kind of dancing that is performed on a stage and uses music, costumes, and scenery to tell a story  .

Ballet is a kind of dancing that is performed on a stage and uses music, costumes, and scenery to tell a story  .

a ballet of swans

a ballet of swans

Business is the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money. 

Business is the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money. 

a business of ferrets

a business of ferrets

A raft is a flat structure that is used for floating or sailing on water.

A raft is a flat structure that is used for floating or sailing on water.

a raft of ducks

a raft of ducks

A cloud is a white or grey mass in the sky that is made of many very small drops of water.

A cloud is a white or grey mass in the sky that is made of many very small drops of water.

a cloud of bats

a cloud of bats

Charm is a quality that causes someone or something to be very likeable  .

Charm is a quality that causes someone or something to be very likeable  .

a charm of hummingbirds

a charm of hummingbirds

A parliament is the group of people who are responsible for making the laws.

A parliament is the group of people who are responsible for making the laws.

Presumably because they look so wise:  , a parliament of owls .

Presumably because they look so wise: ,

a parliament of owls .

Congress is the group of people who are responsible for making the laws of a country.  

Congress is the group of people who are responsible for making the laws of a country.  

Now consider a group of Baboons.  Baboons are the loudest, most dangerous, aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.   And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Now consider a group of Baboons.

Baboons are the loudest, most dangerous, aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. 

And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

a congress of baboons

a congress of baboons

Thank you for attention!

Thank you for attention!


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Автор: Кабанова Елена Робертовна

Дата: 08.06.2017

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