Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

September 3, 2010

Domestic Collectives

So, we all know that it's a 'Pod' of dolphins, a 'Litter' of kittens, a 'Pride' of lions, a 'Flock' of sheep. But did you know about a 'Crash' of rhinos or a 'Mischief' of mice? No, me neither until I watched a children's DVD the other day, which got me thinking.

So, in the spirit of 'Back To School' time, and continuing our education, I thought I would share a few more 'Collective Nouns' with you all. You may not be familiar with all of these. I like to call them 'Domestic Collectives'.

A 'Bombardment' of laundry

An 'Annoyance' of toast crumbs

A 'Frustration' of toys

A 'Confusion' of socks

A 'Ridiculousness' of plastic cups and beakers

An 'Embarrassment' of cobwebs

A 'Repulsion' of loo brushes

A 'Disappointment' of uneaten meals

A 'Clutter' of plastic magazine toys

A 'Chaos' of breakfast cereals

A 'Depression' of ironing

A 'Crumple' of bed sheets

A 'Dither' of things for the charity shop

An 'Avoidance' of dust

An 'Awkwardness' of duvet covers

Did I miss any?



  1. The best list I have read this year, i'm jealous (but only of the list) lol!

  2. Brilliant. How about a shirk of chores, a regret of chocolate cake and fleeting of tidiness?

  3. I think this is very clever, well done you I love it. A moroseness of mindlessness, a limpness of school lunches

  4. Great list. I'd a like to add a 'humdrum' of whiny voices.

  5. You forgot a 'guilt' of bottles... especially when standing at the recycling bin!

  6. Not sure if you've missed any, but that is a HECK OF A LOT of kittens in that basket. I hope for your sake you're not trying to find homes for them!

  7. Um, have you been thinking of this list for a while, by any chance? (I have nothing to add. Except perhaps maybe 'a sod of Russian security guards...')

  8. A cluster of packed lunches.

    Well, that's what it feels like herding them to school carrying the whole lot.

    Speaking of which, what about a pélaton of small people (since we all cycle)?

    LCM x

  9. Nice one. With your additions from your commenters, I think you've got a pretty well rounded list. Hilarious!

  10. Brilliant list! Very funny and all so true.

  11. It's diarrhoea time in this household. I guess you don't want me to be adding to the list.

  12. I love a disappointment of uneaten meals! -HMx

  13. Oh yes, definitely a frustration of toys!



  14. Definitely an awkwardness of duvet covers - and there has to be something for lego... ?


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