Friday, 12 November 2010

What is the collective noun for a group of scientists?



When you're at a pub and you see a bunch of scientists in the corner, gazing at their shoes and looking generally uncomfortable, what do call them? Is it a group of scientists? A gaggle of scientists? A murder of scientists? My quick googling didn't give me an answer, so I put the question out on twitter and facebook - what is the collective noun for a group of scientists? Here is what came in:
  • A cat-herd
  • A quantum
  • A cabal
  • A tribe
  • A gaggle
  • A whiteout
  • A multipact
  • A maxineurone
  • A quadrant
  • A sample
  • A study
  • A congregation
  • A plethora
  • A nerdlet
  • A conglomerate
  • A floc
  • A concurrence
  • A quadribble
  • A thinktank
  • A confusion
  • A bunsen
  • A titration
  • A force
  • An experiment
  • A geek
  • A meter
  • A beaker
  • A discipline
  • A method
  • An examination
  • A conjecture
  • A dogma
  • An array
  • A geek
  • An ego
Do you have a particular favourite not mentioned? Let us know! I quite like "a force of scientists" - direct and to the point, scientifically relevant, and it sounds cool.

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