Friday, 26 August 2011
CJ posted today on the term A Charm of Starlings and explained how the term came about. It has always seemed to me to be a most inappropriate term for these noisy, quarrelsome and usually objectionable birds (beautiful though some may consider them). Given that the word charm arose somewhere before the middle of the 19 century and has now fallen into desuetude perhaps we should use another collective noun.
How about A Quarrel of Starlings? Any ideas?