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Re: Word alterations

Posted by Gary on October 11, 2004

In Reply to: Word alterations posted by word alterations on October 11, 2004

: Is it common to say-
: a *giggle* of girls meaning a group of girls giggling?

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: and

: He is a workaholic:he *averages* twelve hours working in the office?

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: Is *average* commonly used that way

: thanks

I've not heard that collective noun used for girls. There's no issuing authority for such though; if they get into common use they get accepted. I'd have thought that one stood a chance of a long and healthy life. Roald Dahl used a gigglehouse of girls in one of his children's stories.

Averages is commonly used that way in the UK.