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Old October 31, 2016, 05:11 PM
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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?
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They are different: one is the name of a group of peces, the other is the name of a group of pescados.
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Old October 31, 2016, 05:24 PM
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Oooh, I see. I should have imagined.

Thank you, Wrholt!
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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
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School of fish is another way of saying "Shoal" which is more widely used.
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Old January 21, 2017, 12:49 PM
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I didn't know "shoal". Thank you for the new word, Sancho!!
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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"
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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.
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Old January 23, 2017, 06:17 PM
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@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.
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Then there's:-

An 'unkindness' of ravens!
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