If you should ever find yourself in the middle of a group of jugglers, the word you want is “neverthriving.”
A group of jugglers is called a “neverthriving of jugglers.”
Why? Who knows? Perhaps the writer of The Book of Saint Albans, where the term is enshrined, wanted to warn us about the profitability of a juggling career.
Whatever the reason, a neverthriving (sometimes spelled a never-thriving, not that it changes things much) is the collective noun for jugglers.
Collective nouns are nouns that refer to a group of people, things, or animals.
These collective nouns are probably already familiar to you.
Mind you, these aren’t used ALL the time. Some are used for (and originated from) literary purposes and you can usually just refer to many of these animals as a “group of” — but it’s interesting to know their collective nouns as well! Here are just a few:
Note: some creatures can have several different group names:
Ready to put your new knowledge to the test?
In the worksheets below, see if you can identify the collective nouns used for the animals in the blue boxes. These items are taken directly from a set of nomenclature cards released by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
Note: If you’re answering this in a desktop/laptop and you find the worksheet too big, you can zoom out the screen. (For Windows users, you can scroll down the mouse wheel while pressing the Ctrl button on your keyboard.)
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