In which we Tackle the Most Important Issue in Development

We don’t have any really good collective nouns, do we? There’s nothing like a “pride” of lions, or an “annoyance” of mimes. I humbly suggest the following:

  • A sympathy of charities
  • A  contradiction of economists
  • A frustration of bureaucrats
  • A complexity of anthropologists
  • A confusion of NGOs
  • A quagmire of donors
  • An infestation of politicians
  • A detail of immigration officials
  • An excellence of bloggers (I suspect others may wish to change this to ‘A smugness of bloggers’. I’ll let you decide. I vote for excellence, as a totally unbiased observer, of course).

Feel free to add some more or suggest improvements.

6 thoughts on “In which we Tackle the Most Important Issue in Development

  1. Kajsa

    September 8, 2009 at 3:17pm

    Haha, I loved ” A quagmire of donors”, why not continue on that path and suggest “A cacophony of bloggers” ? Although excellent too , of course.

  2. Ranil Dissanayake

    September 9, 2009 at 9:35am

    ha! yes, a cacophony! brilliant.

  3. Ben Parker

    September 11, 2009 at 9:49am

    One from the archives…

    – A wunch of bankers

  4. Sam Gardner

    September 11, 2009 at 11:56am

    The tendency to follow the same fads: a herd of donors?

  5. Transitionland

    September 13, 2009 at 5:56pm

    Over at my blog, I added:

    A conviction of international criminal lawyers
    A compliance of human rights officers
    A delay of IGOs
    A creep of IFIs
    A consternation of think tanks
    A bluster of pundits
    A vigilance of monitors

  6. Sheilah

    September 14, 2009 at 2:48am

    An abundance of smart, but poor people

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