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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

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