Collective Noun for Geeks

In expected atypical style, my colleagues and I had a discussion on ideas for the collective noun for (software) developers. The obvious candidates rolled in:

A
…geek
…thread
…hash
…(dis)array … of developers.

However, after dwelling on the issue for too long we decided the most appropriate was an embarrassment of developers, or the more generic, an awkwardness of geeks.

After the fact, I stumbled upon Good Math, Bad Math’s musings on the same problem and came to a conclusion: there can’t be just one collective noun.  We must decompose the problem into its constituent parts and have a collective noun for each type of geek.

A hurd of GNU geeks
An n of maths geeks
A gravity of physics geeks
A convention of comic book geeks

The list goes on… as does the embarrassment. Sorry.

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