A ??? of rocks
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Mar 8, 2013 2:25 AM Last Post By: CrazyEddie
Feb 28, 2013 11:28 PM
15Pile, bunch, heap, plethora, myriad, load?
Mar 1, 2013 12:37 AM
Mar 1, 2013 6:52 AM
Mar 1, 2013 7:37 AM
18Crazy - darn good point there. I don't often get the change to say "a plethora of detritus" but I'm not sorry about that at all!
If I use "cairn" for a bunch, heap, pile, stack, etc. of rocks around here I would be looked at like I lost my mind. Your list demonstrates my earlier point - there is just no official way to indicate a ??? of rocks.
Mar 1, 2013 7:42 AM
19Small cairns used to mark hiking trails are often called "ducks" here in California, because there is often a rock protruding out like a beak. A duck usually has only three or four rocks. A picture The same purist dislikes the notion of this being used as a duck.
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Mar 1, 2013 7:44 AM
Mar 1, 2013 9:22 AM
21A cairn is deliberately constructed by someone, not just random rocks.
Seems to me the whole idea of a collective is that it's more than the sum of it's parts - a gaggle is not just random geese that happen to be in one place, there's a goose bonding pocess that created it.
So you might have a pile of rocks if someone piled them, or a load if someone dumped them, or a slide if they came down a mountain, or a collection if you picked them out specially to put on your desk, but if they're just there, they're just rocks: many rocks, a few rocks, whatever.
Mar 1, 2013 9:47 AM
Mar 1, 2013 10:40 AM
Mar 1, 2013 4:52 PM
Mar 2, 2013 4:55 AM
25It should be noted that geese only come in gaggles if they are on the ground. In the air they become a skein.
Most of these collectives are bogus, as has been noted above. In the fifteenth century and thereabouts, people wrote manuals for memebers of the bourgeoisie who wanted to be thought of as gentlemen, and each succeeding author felt obliged to include something that the author he was plagiarizing from had not mentioned. So lists of hunting terminolgy, inlcuding collective nouns for various forms of game, proliferated without much reference to anyone's real-life vocabulary. I imagine that anyone spending a weekend at a palace who said something like "There was quite a murderation of crows outside my window this morning" would have revealed himself to be someone who got his vocabulary from A Mirour for Gentillmen or something.
If the rocks are the right size and arrangement, in might be an inuksuk.
Mar 8, 2013 2:25 AM
Bags feeling light?
Coffee table looking bare?
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