The topic of discussion is collective nouns. A pack of wolves, a pride of lions, a murder of ravens, a parliament of owls. These are some of the most beautiful structures in the English language - a spot where the rules and usage of words buckled together and warped, frozen into an immortal piece of poetry, trapped in the dictionary.
Today, we turn our question towards nerds. What do you call a gathering of nerds?
(Calling them a "gathering" is actually an excellent suggestion for the card-playing variety of nerd, but if it were that easy, I wouldn't need to write this blog post about it.)
So, here are some options:
- a convention of nerds
- a network of nerds
- a fanbase of nerds
- a drive of nerds
- a hive of nerds
- a usegroup of nerds
- a forum of nerds
- a verse of nerds
- an escape pod of nerds
- an away party of nerds
- a canon of nerds
- a basement of nerds
- a function of nerds
and my three favourites:
- a channel of nerds (chat rooms, primarily, but the term echoes back to the original nerds of ham radio)
- a core of nerds (CPU core, kernel core, hardcore, nerdcore)
- a choir of nerds (includes choral nerds into the group, and also suggests how nerds' voices are heard)
There's the list. What's your suggestion? Better yet, what's your vote? I'd really like to decide on an answer to this question before it gets out of hand.
(Oddly enough, the collective noun for "dorks" was simplicity itself - a fellowship. Go figure.)