One of the oddities of the English language is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things.
A skulk of foxes, a caravan of camels, a hover of kestrels or a smack of jellyfish… our language is rich in collective nouns for all sorts of life. But not, until now, a collective noun for swimmers.
But this week OSS Facebook members changed all that. Inspired by a wonderful image of swimmers we went on the hunt for the right collective noun.
The options are rich. Here are some of those proposed:
Slick, joy, eloquence, swathe, swale, beauty, glide, school, shiver. School, pod, shoal, bliss, contentment, shiver.
Take your pick.