collective nouns - hacker version
Date: Wed, 10 May 95 16:02:12 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: collective nouns - hacker version
[This is very similar to the story in the "collective nouns " Fun_Posting of
5/8/95 but has been developed for a rather specialized audience... -psl]
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From: email@example.com (Evan Morton)
Subject: terms of venery
Five English gentlemen and one American computer programmer are walking
along the Thames, discussing terms of venery. (Terms of venery are names
for groups of animals, such as "pod" of whales or "exaltation" of larks.)
They see three English prostitutes, and wonder what the term of venery is
The first English gentleman says "A fanfare of strumpets."
The second says "No, it's a trey of tarts."
The third says "No, a volume of Trollope's." [Trollope was an essayist.]
The fourth says "Nope, a pride of loins."
The fifth says "No, I say it's an anthology of English prose."
And the programmer says "It's a string of cache misses."
© 1995 Peter Langston