I was sitting in a sandwich shop waiting for my order. A white board by the cash register said: “This week’s word puzzler. Tell us the term for a group of kittens and your lunch is on the house.”
I recalled my time in library school—before anyone had ever heard of Google—when we were charged with looking up answers to questions like these … and I remembered. The collective term for a group of kittens is kindle.
Since then, I have always been fascinated with terms of venery or words for groups of animals. Oddly enough, the English language is full of them. Here are a few of my favorites, taken from James Lipton’s book An Exaltation of Larks.