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AngelicaDeAlquezar October 31, 2016 05:11 PM

School of fish or catch of fish?
 
Long ago I learnt that a group of fish was called a school of fish, but yesterday, in a list of collective names I found "catch of fish".
Are we talking about two different things or are both expressions synonymous?
:confused:

wrholt October 31, 2016 05:15 PM

They are different: one is the name of a group of peces, the other is the name of a group of pescados.

AngelicaDeAlquezar October 31, 2016 05:24 PM

Oooh, I see. I should have imagined. :duh:

Thank you, Wrholt! :rose:

Aprendo January 16, 2017 07:33 AM

School of fish = a group of fish.

Same as the classifications of:


Flock of birds / geese / seagulls

Herd of Buffalos / cows / sheep

Pod of Wales

Sancho Panther January 21, 2017 07:02 AM

School of fish is another way of saying "Shoal" which is more widely used.

AngelicaDeAlquezar January 21, 2017 12:49 PM

I didn't know "shoal". Thank you for the new word, Sancho!! :)

Perikles January 23, 2017 03:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AngelicaDeAlquezar (Post 161756)
I didn't know "shoal".

Collective nouns in English are very complicated, and although "shoal" is common for fish, there is also

A company of angel fish / archer fish
A battery of barracudas
A fleet of bass
A school of cod
A troop of dogfish
A flotilla of swordfish
A bind of salmons.....

There are many more, and the best site I could find of these is this

Note the "gaggle of geese" and the "gaggle of women" :D

Sancho Panther January 23, 2017 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AngelicaDeAlquezar (Post 161756)
I didn't know "shoal". Thank you for the new word, Sancho!! :)

"Shoal" is the most widely used in the UK, 'school' is mostly for very large fish, but I think it's 'pod' for whales though!

US usage will probably be different.

AngelicaDeAlquezar January 23, 2017 06:17 PM

@Perikles: I know they're difficult. My favourites so far were a congress of baboons (no wonder) and a murder of crows. I wonder who on earth has named flocks of specific species with a different name for each. In Spanish they're far less varied.
Thanks for the link. :)


@Sancho: Of course, this is not a word to be found in my daily conversations, so I hadn't ever heard it, even from my British friends. Anyway, I'm always happy to learn new words, and I can't wait to use it soon even if I have to introduce a weird chat topic. ;)

Sancho Panther January 24, 2017 12:12 PM

Then there's:-

An 'unkindness' of ravens!


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