We often generalise about doctors or teachers or architects, sensing that there are some characteristics that distinguish these professions.
But we seldom give them their correct collective terms.
At school we learn about
a swarm of bees
a gaggle of geese
a flock of sheep
a pack of bastards
a bunch of poofs.
At university, if we study English, we learn that the collective term for crows is a murder of crows and love to impress our friends with this expression when stranded in a car park surrounded by menacing crows.
In share houses we learn about an infestation of cockroaches and soon understand the concept of a drought of eligible women/men.
Later in life we learn about the professions. But do we ever learn the collective terms for these professions? The answer is no. Professional associations guard the professions and their identities, making it unpopular to utter such things as…
an audit of accountants
a smarm of politicians
a push of midwives
a arrogance of doctors
a jealousy of architects
The correct appellation can bring great satisfaction to those dealing closely with these professionals.