The idea of using very specific collective nouns for groups of animals is a relic of the hunting culture of 15th century England, where being able to tell apart a murder of crows from an exaltation of larks meant not only success in the hunt but also served as a quiet badge of education.

Terms of venery are fascinating for their sheer playfulness, variety and history, and they can also be adapted to groups other than animals. Like cars and such.


So for all you clutches of mechanics and shteels of Jalopnik readers out there, here’s an open thread for your inner linguistic genius. The best terms are original, alliterative, descriptive, and allude to a particular characteristic of the car described. Comment away. A lampoon of Ladas beckon.

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