I was going to try to work all your "dont's" into a little bit of verse, but I Googled the definition of "clumpkin" and decided I'd better not. (If anyone else is curious about the definition - you really don't want to know.)
Ewwwww. I swear I had no idea it had acquired a foul sexual meaning. In the OED it's defined as an archaic term for the heel of a loaf of bread. One of my fellow Classics TAs remembered it, and a professor ended up looking it up for us.I would be thrilled if you made a little poem out of my list... feel free to substitute your own pedantic, Germanic-sounding word. I was poking fun at the sort of poem that takes a laudable preference for Anglo-Saxon too far... and at that dead horse of a word, "shard." (Have you ever seen the Futility Review? The "Guidelines" are amusing.)
Well, then, I shall see what I can do for you - it may take a little while.
Is "a reefer of banana slugs" the real name? It seems somehow appropriate as the banana slug is the mascot of UCSC.
Dunno, I just made it up. I *was* thinking of UCSC, though. Dirty hippies! ^_^
Shard has also become semi-common slang for a couple of different things as well... not nearly so gross as clumpkin though.Also, I believe the correct term for a group of slugs is a"cornucopia", so I assume that would apply to banana slugs as well. Reefer is funnier though.
Oh, there's lots of room for closely-related specificities to get different collective nouns.For instance, we havecrows -> murderravens -> unkindnessrooks -> parliamentI wonder if there's a trend in there...I'm also constitutionally opposed to ceding vocabulary to the advances of slangsters and uncouth folk; not that we should run around rejoicing in "a heap of faggots burning gaily..." but... you know?
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