Murmuratings — 20 Comments

  1. "I have been thinking."   Oh Geez, we're all in trouble now!

    "Murmuration"  Now what have I told you about reading the dictionary?

          • I googled, so here is a bit:- "The dictionary advises that mur-mur-ation – from the Middle English or Latin murmurare – is the action of murmuring or emitting a low continuous noise, but also it is used as the name for a flock of starlings and this is what I find intriguing." Now I googled Alfred Tennyson's reference to the sound of bees:- 

            From "Come Down, O Maid"

            Sweeter thy voice, but every sound is sweet
            Myriads of rivulets, hurrying through the lawn,
            The moan of doves in immemorial elms,
            And murmuring of innumerable bees.

            Bees murmur buzzingly, and swarms of starlings twitter murmuratingly.There must be some big conclusion to draw from all this, but I don't know what it might be. Normal service will be resumed soon.

      • I rather prefer the collective for crows.

        Out with the invective, the bile and the obscenity…

        (And pigs might fly…)

        And anyway, that's what we all come here for;  the invective, bile and obscenity. It gives us all a self-righteous glow knowing that there is someone even more obscene than we are. 😉

    • Not particularly.  I just like to throw the odd curved ball to keep you lot on your toes.  Can't have any complacency around here.

    • Some great collectives on that link, Brian. I particularly like the 'obstinacy of buffalo' and 'crash of rhinoceroses'. I'm going to be racking my brain find a way to slide some of those into my scribblings now!

  2. Amazing. Stupendous. Until the little buggers decide to roost in the tree you've parked your car under.

  3. I was half thinking of replying with a smarmy comment; but then I remembered it's dangerous to half think. So I'll just ask a question: Do you think you could write remarks that would make a navvy blush? [Is navvy spelt with a W or a double V? Did you ever see a navvy driving a VW?]

    • I can do better than that.  Did you know that the word "navvy" comes from the people [usually Irish] who hand dug the navigation canals in England?

  4. So I slip in an innocuous little scribble and look at the result – an interesting discussion amongst you lot on collective nouns.

    I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking, as they say.

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