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What do you call a group of mermaids/mermen?

asked 2019-02-24 18:43:43 -0400

Alycaria gravatar image

Hi, new here, please forgive me if this is not the right venue for my question.

I am writing a book about mermaids and mermen, and I have been calling them "merfolk" or simply "folk". Now I am second guessing whether a group of mermaids/men would be called folk. Looking at the definition of "people" specifically relating to human beings, I do not think merpeople or people is applicable. Additionally, what would you call a group of mermaids and other sea creatures together? I looked up various names for groups of fish and other sea creatures (shoal, school, pod, etc.) but am not convinced that would be appropriate for mixed groups.

Any thoughts, suggestions, input would be appreciated. Thanks all, Alycaria

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answered 2019-02-26 17:02:04 -0400

Amandamiga gravatar image

Fun question. Given that you're already in a fantasy space, I would create a word in their own language that means "The People," as in many indigenous languages. The language should probably have a minimum of voiceless consonants, since they would be difficult to perceive underwater! Try connecting with the folks who create languages for kicks: http://www.conlang.org.

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Really excellent point about the voiceless consonants!

ksteimel gravatar imageksteimel ( 2019-03-05 17:07:04 -0400 )edit
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answered 2019-03-05 06:36:44 -0400

Gerard Cheshire gravatar image

I think you have an opportunity to invent your own mass noun. Something like a 'swim of mermaids' or a 'tress of mermaids' would sound nice.

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