Perhaps the story was old, but it was sweeping through academic circles:
Four dons were walking down an Oxford street one evening. All were philologists and members of the English department. They were discussing group nouns: a covey of quail, a pride of lions, an exaltation of larks.
As they talked, they passed four ladies of the evening. The dons did not exactly ignore the hussiesin a literary way, that is. One of them asked: "How would you describe a group like that?"
Suggested the first: "A jam of tarts?" The second: "A flourish of strumpets?" The third: "An essay of Trollope's?" Then the...