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"Puffin" by nigel_appleton is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Puffin" by nigel_appleton is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Puffins only fly together in a circus

I’m a keen birdwatcher – said nobody during a speed dating night, but I am. I became hooked at the age of 9 when on a school trip to a local estuary where I saw tens of thousands of a wading bird called Dunlin. My teacher, Mr Parry referred to them as ‘a fling of Dunlin’ which at the time I thought nothing of.

"Dunlin" by Sergey Yellseev is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Dunlin” by Sergey Yellseev is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Years later I discovered that many birds have unique collective nouns, many dating back hundreds of years. Here are a few of my favourites:-

  • A murder of crows
  • A worm of robins
  • A circus of puffins
  • A charm of goldfinches
  • A murmuration of starlings

Why am I telling you all this on the Analox blog? Well we’ve recruited a lot of people in the past 18 months in line with our record growth and it has resulted in a number of staff sharing the same first name. This of course, causes some confusion in the office like in this classic Simpsons clip.

We now employ:

  • 2 x Craigs
  • 2 x Kerrys
  • 3 x Marks
  • 4 x Pauls
  • 2 x Davids
  • 2 x Julies
  • 2 x Ians (albeit spelled differently)

Paul Branton  Paul Oliver  Paul Willis

Introducing three of our four Pauls.

Last week I asked “The Kerrys” what they thought the collective noun for more than one Kerry should be – particularly as our pair of Kerrys sit next to one another. Their modest response was ‘an awesomeness’. Who am I to argue?!

So if you have any (polite) suggestions for your own name or for any of the above we’d love to hear them. I’m off to speak a ‘deceit of Johns’ at the garage about my car….

Author: Simon Lunt, Director of Sales and Marketing

Posted in Life at Analox

4 Comments on Puffins only fly together in a circus

  1. I am a little confused about the purpose of this content

    Paul Dobson | July 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm () ()
    • Hi Paul – sorry that you feel confused – it was not our intention! We often put out funny articles about life at Analox, and the purpose of this article is to talk about the fact that we now have lots of people working for us with the same name. I hope that clears thing up for you, but if not, or if you’d like to suggest some ideas for blog posts, just let us know! Kate

      Kate Ingham | July 31, 2015 at 9:32 am () ()
  2. I thought it was a very amusing article, very well written and it made me smile – nice to have a little personal touch!

    Mandi Connolly | August 4, 2015 at 9:41 am () ()
    • Thank you Mandi for the fab comment – glad you enjoyed the post! Kate

      Kate Ingham | August 4, 2015 at 9:53 am () ()

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