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    Quote Originally Posted by nickel View Post
    OK, διαγωνισμός:

    Ποιος είναι ο καλύτερος περιληπτικός όρος για τα μέλη αυτού του φόρουμ, δηλαδή στη φράση «a(n) ~ of Lexilogists»; Αποκλείεται το «a logorrhea of Lexilogists».

    Έπαθλο: δωρεάν ευωχία στην επόμενη σύναξη του Λεξιλογιακού,
    Με τέτοιο έπαθλο, αξίζει περισσότερο κι από τζάκποτ στο Τζόκερ!

    a cunninglingus of Lexilogists

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    Καλό το cunninglingus!

    I can only come up with something more prosaic, a collexion of Lexilogians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougr View Post
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    I can only come up with something more prosaic, a collexion of Lexilogians.
    When in lection, in a Lexi session, my predilection.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zazula View Post
    Με τέτοιο έπαθλο, αξίζει περισσότερο κι από τζάκποτ στο Τζόκερ!

    a cunninglingus of Lexilogists
    Crackalickin'! 40 licks from me for that one!

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    Dirty Licks, mind you.
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickel View Post
    ... στην επόμενη σύναξη του Λεξιλογιακού,
    When gathered in person, a collocation of Lexilogists.


    For lurkers, a lectory of Lexilogists.
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastalFog View Post
    ...
    How about ‘a string of asses….’?
    Plus: a thong of booties, a tangle of tangas. And a twerking of bottoms, when hyperactive.
    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickel View Post
    Ποιος είναι ο καλύτερος περιληπτικός όρος για τα μέλη αυτού του φόρουμ, δηλαδή στη φράση «a(n) ~ of Lexilogists»; Αποκλείεται το «a logorrhea of Lexilogists»
    You mean like a Lexicon of Lexilogists?
    Hmm, sounds to me like a brave new thread.

    OK, diversion party's over, folks. Back to the salt mines. We're already on page 2, and we haven't even BEGUN to answer bernardina's original question (myself included)!

    Oh! What was the question again?
    A murder of crows in Greek.
    I'm no poet, I've no context, but I'm willing to take a shot in the dark at it:

    ένας
    δρόνος κοράκων
    λόχος λοκατζήδων κοράκων

    μια
    πίσσα κοράκια
    σπείρα κοράκια
    μονάδα κοράκων καταδρομής
    ορδή/συμμορία/διμοιρία/πανστρατιά κοράκων

    ένα
    σμήνος/στίφος αιμοβόρων κοράκων
    τάγμα κορακοκτόνων
    πάνοπλο κορακολόι

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    Poetry Foolery Fowlery in motion (picture)



    —Τι προμηνάνε τα μαύρα και τα κόκκινα κοράκια*;
    —Το καφεδάκι σας.


    * Τα μαύρα ορθόδοξο παπαδαριό, τα κόκκινα καθολικό.

    Disclaimer: no connection whatsoever to previous posts. Just me fowling around.
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    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    NOUNS OF MULTITUDE

    A foreigner looking at a picture of a number of vessels, said, “See what a flock of ships.” He was told that a flock of ships was called a fleet, and that a fleet of sheep was called a flock. And it was added, for his guidance, in mastering the intricacies of our language, that a flock of girls is called a bevy, that a bevy of wolves is called a pack, and a pack of thieves is called a gang, and that a gang of angels is called a host, and that a host of porpoises is called a shoal, and a shoal of buffaloes is called a herd, and a herd of children is called a troop, and a troop of partridges is called a covey, and a covey of beauties is called a galaxy, and a galaxy of ruffians is called a horde, and a horde of rubbish is called a heap, and a heap of oxen is called a drove, and a drove of blackguards is called a mob, and a mob of whales is called a school, and a school of worshippers is called a congregation, and a congregation of engineers is called a corps, and a corps of robbers is called a band, and a band of locusts is called a swarm, and a swarm of people is called a crowd.


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    Charles C. Bombaugh. Gleanings for the curious from the harvest-fields of literature: a mélange of excerpta (1875), p. 185.

    https://archive.org/stream/gleanings...e/184/mode/2up
    Κατά τα λοιπά φρονώ ότι ο Προκόπης Παυλόπουλος ενσαρκώνει παραδειγματικά τη φαυλοκρατία που μας έφτασε στο σημερινό χάλι.

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    Θεωρητικά, θεωρία και πράξη είναι το ίδιο πράγμα. Στην πράξη, όμως, διαφέρουν.
    When this you see, remember me and bear me in your mind, let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

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    Είχα συναντήσει την έκφραση στο καταπληκτικό Sandman του Neil Gaiman.

    Synopsis for "The Parliament of Rooks"

    One day, Lyta Hall puts her son Daniel Hall to bed while she talks to her friend on the phone. In sleeping, Daniel enters the Dreaming.

    On the steps of the House of Secrets, Daniel encounters Matthew the Raven and Eve, who lead him inside to take tea with Abel. Their gathering is interrupted by Cain, who maliciously suggests that each of them tell a story to the little boy.

    Cain offers a mystery; the mystery of the parliament of rooks. Each member of the corvidae family of birds has an interesting name for a gathering thereof: a murder of crows, a tiding of magpies, an unkindness of ravens, and a parliament of rooks. The last gets its name from the fact that often, these gatherings of rooks will form a circle around a single rook, like in a parliament or trial. That bird makes specific calls until one of two outcomes occurs. Either the entire gathered parliament flies away leaving the lone rook alone in the field, or they all turn on that rook and peck it to death. The reason why the birds do this is the great mystery.

    Next, Eve reluctantly tells a story. She explains that Adam had three wives. The first was Lilith. She was a powerful woman, who would not be subservient to him, and as such, she was expelled from the Garden of Eden, and would not return. Some say, she mated with the angels and demons. The second wife had no name. She was made from nothing, before Adam's eyes. He watched as her bones formed, and then her organs, and then her muscles, bile and skin. Because he had seen what she was made from, Adam would not look at her. Some say she was destroyed by God, others say she was simply cast out of the Garden. At last, Eve was made from Adam's rib, and as is commonly known, she and Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge, and were cast out of the Garden as well.

    Next, Abel tells his story; a secret. He tells that long ago, before the known world was a speck in space, Death and Dream went walking. One day, they passed by two brothers who were fighting. The one brother had offered a sheep to the creator, and the other his crops of fruits and vegetables. The creator was more pleased by the sheep, and so the elder brother who had offered crops became angry, and killed the younger. Death came to him, planning to take him to a garden of her own. Dream, however offered the younger brother a place in his own garden, as a guardian of secrets. He was given his own house full of secrets to look after, but he soon grew lonely, so he visited Dream. Dream offered him a gift. When the younger brother returned to his home, he found another house full of mysteries next door to his own, and his elder brother was its custodian. Reuinited, the brothers lived side by side for eternity.

    Matthew wonders if all of these stories are true, and Abel nearly gives away the secret of the parliament of rooks, but Cain prevents him, sending everyone home instead.

    As Eve carries Daniel and Matthew from the house, Abel defies his brother, poking his head out the window, and revealing that it is not a parliament at all. The rook in the centre of the circle is a story teller, and the result is the other rooks' response to the story. Angrily, Cain kills his brother again, warning that mysteries are more exciting to the mind than the secrets behind them.

    Lyta realizes that it's her son's dinner time, and goes to wake him. She picks him up in her arms, but she is confused to find a very dirty raven's feather with him. She thinks little of it, wondering about the mysteries that surround her son.

    http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Sandman_Vol_2_40

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