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:
â€¦(dis)array â€¦ 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.Â 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 onâ€¦ as does the embarrassment. Sorry.