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clients are Ancient Romans? Is it a conspiracy?


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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Neologisms

Britain's Indepedent held a competition to coin new "collective nouns." A collective noun is a word like flock in the sense of "a flock of sheep," or brace in the sense of "a brace of pheasant,"

One of the winners was quibble, when used in the phrase a quibble of lawyers. According to the Independent:
A litigation of lawyers was popular and had the virtue of alliteration, but what are lawyers for if not to litigate? Ditto for brief. We felt quibble got to the heart of what people felt.