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Old 2001-08-15, 09:25 PM   #1
Neil Dunlop
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If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what do you
call a group of unicyclist? A Balance? Just wondering.

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Old 2001-08-15, 10:39 PM   #2
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[color=blue]> If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what do you[/color]
[color=blue]> call a group of unicyclist? A Balance? Just wondering.[/color]

Rare.

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Old 2001-08-15, 11:14 PM   #3
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[color=blue]>If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what do you[/color]
[color=blue]>call a group of unicyclists?[/color]

for me, it's a Crash of Unicyclists.

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Old 2001-08-16, 01:09 AM   #4
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A club A convention A Muni Weekend A PE (Physical Education) class or Gym
class The Olympics A parade A circus <gd&r> A clown school <gd&r>

Take your pick.

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[color=blue]>From: "Neil Dunlop" <neild@roachmill.demon.co.uk>[/color]
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[color=blue]>If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what do you[/color]
[color=blue]>call a group of unicyclist? A Balance? Just wondering.[/color]
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Old 2001-08-16, 02:42 AM   #5
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To all the
answers...ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[color=blue]> for me, it's a Crash of Unicyclists.[/color]
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Old 2001-08-16, 03:28 AM   #6
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It's a murder of crows, so could it be a felony of unicyclists?

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Old 2001-08-16, 12:22 PM   #7
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I am told a group of jugglers is called a neverthriving (I have yet to
bother looking that up in an unabridged dictionary). I am curious to
discover that word's origin. I hope a group of unicyclists could sound a
bit more successful. :-)

Jeff Lutkus

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[color=blue]> wrote: If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what[/color]
[color=blue]> do you call a group of unicyclist? A Balance? Just wondering.[/color]
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Old 2001-08-16, 02:21 PM   #8
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[color=blue]>I am told a group of jugglers is called a neverthriving (I have yet to[/color]
[color=blue]>bother looking that up in an unabridged dictionary). I am curious to[/color]
[color=blue]>discover that word's origin. I hope a group of unicyclists could sound a[/color]
[color=blue]>bit more successful. :-)[/color]
[color=blue]>[/color]
[color=blue]>Jeff Lutkus[/color]

According to the OED (2nd Edition, listed under never), "never-thriving"
is an obsolete word meaning "a thriftless pack". I imagine these are the
relevant definitions:

Thriftless: unsuccessful/unfortunate/worthless

Pack: a company or set of persons; generally implying low character, or
association for some evil purpose, but often merely expressing contempt
or depreciation, and formerly sometimes without such implication; a
'gang'; 'lot'

('never' takes almost 2 whole pages in the dictionary!)

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Old 2001-08-16, 04:04 PM   #9
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[color=blue]> I am told a group of jugglers is called a neverthriving (I have yet to[/color]
[color=blue]> bother looking that up in an unabridged dictionary). I am curious to[/color]
[color=blue]> discover that word's origin. I hope a group of unicyclists could sound a[/color]
[color=blue]> bit more successful. :-)[/color]

Somebody came up with a dictionary definition. Meanwhile, Neverthriving is
the name of a specific juggling club in Minnesota. I found a bunch of
links to their Web site, but it seems to no longer be there... perhaps
they are no longer thriving? :-)

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Old 2001-08-16, 04:04 PM   #10
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[color=blue]> I am told a group of jugglers is called a neverthriving (I have yet to[/color]
[color=blue]> bother looking that up in an unabridged dictionary). I am curious to[/color]
[color=blue]> discover that word's origin. I hope a group of unicyclists could sound a[/color]
[color=blue]> bit more successful. :-)[/color]

Somebody came up with a dictionary definition. Meanwhile, Neverthriving is
the name of a specific juggling club in Minnesota. I found a bunch of
links to their Web site, but it seems to no longer be there... perhaps
they are no longer thriving? :-)

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

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Old 2001-08-16, 04:04 PM   #11
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[color=blue]> I am told a group of jugglers is called a neverthriving (I have yet to[/color]
[color=blue]> bother looking that up in an unabridged dictionary). I am curious to[/color]
[color=blue]> discover that word's origin. I hope a group of unicyclists could sound a[/color]
[color=blue]> bit more successful. :-)[/color]

Somebody came up with a dictionary definition. Meanwhile, Neverthriving is
the name of a specific juggling club in Minnesota. I found a bunch of
links to their Web site, but it seems to no longer be there... perhaps
they are no longer thriving? :-)

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

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Old 2001-08-16, 07:05 PM   #12
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Jeff Lutkus wrote:
[color=blue]> I am told a group of jugglers is called a neverthriving (I have yet to[/color]
bother looking that up in an unabridged dictionary). I am curious to
discover that word's origin.

I believe the origin of using the word as a collective noun for jugglers
was a discussion on rec.juggling. I couldn't find it in the Google groups
archives, but it only goes back to 1995 and ISTR reading the thread
earlier than that.

From the archives at the JIS I found that Brian Milner's .sig in 1994
included the sentence: The collective noun for a group of jugglers: "a
neverthriving of jugglers"

I still couldn't find the original thread, so it's quite possible that it
came into common use just through being repeatedly posted in Brian's .sig.
Of course, it could have reached Brian's .sig following a drunken
convention discussion.

Surprising how use on usenet can make a word popular. In the UK, offline
unicyclists still talk about hovering and rocking. Those of us with usenet
access, OTOH, almost always now use the American term 'idling'.

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Old 2001-08-17, 07:22 PM   #13
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On 15/8/01 10:25 pm, Neil Dunlop posted:

[color=blue]> If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what do you[/color]
[color=blue]> call a group of unicyclist? A Balance? Just wondering.[/color]
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[color=blue]> Neil[/color]
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I'd opt for "A wheel"

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Old 2001-08-17, 09:57 PM   #14
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Jugglers are referred to as neverthriving... I'd say we should be called alwaysriding!
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Old 2001-08-18, 11:26 AM   #15
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Neil Dunlop wrote:
[color=blue]> If a group of birds is a flock... killer whales is a pod... what do you[/color]
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[color=blue]> a group of unicyclist? A Balance? Just wondering.[/color]

Hmm. When Bath had a hockey team, we called ourselves the Bath Killer
Wheels (my idea, which I have to say I thought was rather good). So I
guess we could have been a pod.

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