For your weekend enjoyment:
The International Roller Girls’ Master Roster. Hundreds of wonderfully wacky and wicked names of roller-derby women. Some of my favorites: Ovary Reaction, Val Catraz, Angy O’Plasty, Absinthe Minded, Ann R. Kissed, Tess Tickles, Vi Agravate, and A Few Screws Lucy. (Via Tara Hunt.)
The Stoakes-Whibley Natural Index of Supernatural Collective Nouns, “for holiday or every day.” A gossip of mermaids, a percussion of goblins, a snarl of minotaurs . . . (Via Michele Hush.)
Collective Nouns That Might Be. A flush of plumbers, a scoop of journalists, a grid of electricians, etc. Scroll up the page for lists of conventional collective nouns.
Positive Words. Compiled about a decade ago by one Myron S. Hoyt, who wrote: “My ultimate goal is to select, from the overall universe of positive English words, a short list of the best positive words (certainly a somewhat subjective task) that one can read and enjoy whenever you wish.” Organized into somewhat subjective (but wonderful) categories, including “A Short List Of Some Positive Verbs Which May Be Applied To An Ideal Environment” and “Some Wonderful Positive Verbs and Helping Verbs.” (Via Anthony, again.)