Meme of the week, and a collective noun for feminists: a ‘flatulence’

For many years I’ve used the 1997 edition of The Chambers Dictionary, the dictionary of choice for people like myself who are keen on Scrabble and cryptic crosswords. A much-valued supporter, Paul, recently had a brainwave, to start a ‘Meme of the week’ series, drawing on the memes on the Facebook page of the fine people at ‘A Voice for Men’.

Because ‘meme’ wasn’t in the 1997 edition of my dictionary, I ordered the latest edition. It arrived today, and it’s about the size and weight of two house bricks. This is the dictionary’s definition of the word:

meme n a practise, belief, or other cultural feature that is passed on other than by genetic means (biol); an idea or question that is disseminated via the Internet and changes in form during the course of being passed on.

As well as all the definitions and much else, there’s a 64-page section in the middle of the book, most of which consists of The Word Lover’s Miscellany. From this enlightening and entertaining section I learned of a long list of collective nouns, the following being my personal favourites:

A clowder or glaring of cats

A coalition of cheetahs

A flatulence of feminists

A glint or troubling of goldfish

An implausibility of gnus

A mischief of mice

A murder of crows

An obstinacy of buffalos

A rumba of rattlesnakes

An ugly of walruses

An unkindness of ravens

I may possibly have added one of my own to the list.

Back to ‘Meme of the week’. Our first alludes to a quotation usually – but erroneously – attributed to Gloria Steinem. She’s on record as saying that a (female) Australian student first wrote the line ‘A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle’ on a wall of graffiti at her university in 1970.

So… drum roll… and with thanks to Paul… our first ‘Meme of the week’:

140411 fish, bicycle, revised



About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Hey, that’s good. However, what you say sparks another idea. Why not work up a list of collective nouns for feminists? It’s just a weak start to seed the idea, but what about, maybe, “A sorority of sexists”, or ‘A volume of victims”? (OK its late and I need to get some shuteye. Brighter and sharper in the morning.)

  • Cool poster!

  • I do believe that photo is one of the humanitarian pics coming out of the flooding in Southern Alberta, Canada, my home province.

    Mr. Firefighter had all the panties ablaze with that one.

  • Great idea and a suitable poster! It says it all,doesn’t it?

  • Can’t help wondering that Canada sort of occupies the same “territory” as Scandinavia in Europe. Perhaps the cold contributes to feminist leanings, in some strange way. Certianly there seems much to challenge in Canada.
    Hope you are recovered from your brush with oiks .