Thursday, 3 April 2014

New Collective Noun

The phrase "the brothel of packaged sightseeing" struck me as brilliant.  It is from Patrick McGuinness's intriguing poetical portrait of the Belgian town of Bouillon, Other People's Countries.  Although not strictly speaking a term of venery, "a brothel" of tourist outlets should surely join "a murder of crows" and "a smack of jellyfish" among the most vivid of collective nouns.  How well it would apply, for exmple, to Coventry Street.

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