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A douche of assholes. A ________ of Mefites.

A plate of mefites? A tater of mefites?
posted by special-k to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 PM (174 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

A mathowie of MeFites.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:07 PM on December 10, 2010


A pantheon of MeFites? We're god-like, no?
posted by Cranberry at 11:08 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


a cabal of mefites
posted by the aloha at 11:14 PM on December 10, 2010 [12 favorites]


A pantheon of MeFites? We're god-like, no?

I was going to disagree with you associating MeFites with Greek gods, but then I remembered how often The Whelk turns into a swan in order to pick up chicks.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 11:15 PM on December 10, 2010 [7 favorites]


Oh, and I recommend "A fuckup of MeFites."
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 11:16 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


A group of Metafilter commenters.
posted by flatluigi at 11:21 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


A bucket of Mefites.
posted by taz at 11:23 PM on December 10, 2010 [15 favorites]


A monkey's taint of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:26 PM on December 10, 2010


A snark of MeFites.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:29 PM on December 10, 2010 [24 favorites]


A clutch? A claque? A gaggle (of geeks)? A pod? A superiority?
posted by Lynsey at 11:29 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


a cabal of mefites

An cabal of mefites.
posted by carsonb at 11:30 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


A relationship-filter of MeFites we don't particularly enjoy.
posted by cior at 11:30 PM on December 10, 2010


A family of MeFites.
posted by Meta Filter at 11:30 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


An aggregate of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:31 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


An effete of mefites.
posted by carsonb at 11:31 PM on December 10, 2010


A murder of MeFites.
posted by wayland at 11:32 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


A meetup of Mefites
posted by amethysts at 11:32 PM on December 10, 2010 [9 favorites]


A mob. Like kangaroos.
posted by gomichild at 11:32 PM on December 10, 2010


A taterage of Mefites
posted by blueberry at 11:33 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


a Fête of MeFites?
posted by FlamingBore at 11:34 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Gaggle-pack. (Not only is this one of my favorite made-up phrases, but using it here could really work. You can't break out "gaggle-pack" just anywhere, you know.)
posted by heathergirl at 11:34 PM on December 10, 2010


A subreddit of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:36 PM on December 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


A plate of MeFites.

*don't overthink it*
posted by deep thought sunstar at 11:38 PM on December 10, 2010 [8 favorites]


A longboat of Mefites (only applies to elect of the elect).
posted by Burhanistan at 11:39 PM on December 10, 2010


DAMMIT, don't overread the question, either!
posted by deep thought sunstar at 11:40 PM on December 10, 2010


A drunk of mefites.
posted by loquacious at 11:42 PM on December 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


A snowdrift of MeFites.
posted by deep thought sunstar at 11:43 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


A headache of Me-fites
posted by edgeways at 11:47 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


So grand, so magnanimous, so serendipitous, so earnest. So creepy and weird. A banjo of MeFites.
posted by Balonious Assault at 11:56 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


It seems clearly to be a 'hive' how else do we have a hivemind?
posted by jacquilynne at 11:59 PM on December 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


A correction of MeFites.
posted by tzikeh at 12:02 AM on December 11, 2010


A Christwhatanasshole of MeFites

A what of MeFites

A strikethrough of MeFites

A . of MeFites

A GRAR of MeFites

A hoppitamoppita of MeFites
posted by tzikeh at 12:07 AM on December 11, 2010


One more:

A derail of MeFites
posted by tzikeh at 12:07 AM on December 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


A .tar.gz of MeFites.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:10 AM on December 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


A bunting of MeFites.

(One of the definitons of "bunting" is - a group of flags.)
posted by pinky at 12:14 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A Menshevik of Mefites
posted by clavdivs at 12:15 AM on December 11, 2010


Seriously, people?

It's a hivemind of Mefites.

And I don't even spend much time on AskMe.
posted by Navelgazer at 12:17 AM on December 11, 2010 [6 favorites]


A hurfdurf of Mefites.
posted by fatbird at 12:17 AM on December 11, 2010 [7 favorites]


A quarrel of Mefites
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:19 AM on December 11, 2010 [5 favorites]


Previously suggested: whinge, quarrel, thread, pileon
posted by milkrate at 12:20 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A pileon of Mefites
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:22 AM on December 11, 2010 [8 favorites]


Ick. And I hadn't even *seen* that other thread. Those're just the most obvious, IMO.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:23 AM on December 11, 2010


A DTMFA of MeFites.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:24 AM on December 11, 2010


A FIAMO of MeFites.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:25 AM on December 11, 2010


A tl;dr of mefites.
posted by NoraReed at 12:29 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A meh of MeFites.
posted by dg at 12:37 AM on December 11, 2010 [7 favorites]


a brouhaha
a banter
a ballyhoo ...
posted by philip-random at 12:48 AM on December 11, 2010


I thought it was well established to be a snark of mefites.

But a plate of mefites has a good sound too.
posted by hattifattener at 12:51 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A can of MeWorms

A What of MeFites
posted by Namlit at 12:56 AM on December 11, 2010


And now: A vote of MeFites
posted by Namlit at 12:57 AM on December 11, 2010


A citation of MeFites.
posted by munchingzombie at 12:58 AM on December 11, 2010


A microdissection of MeFites.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 12:59 AM on December 11, 2010


A meme of MeFites. And hey, it rhymes!*

*Or not.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:01 AM on December 11, 2010


A ponder of Mefites
A mull of Mefites
A conjecture of Mefites
posted by louche mustachio at 1:01 AM on December 11, 2010


A scrutiny of Mefites



Oh man, why does that sound dirty all of a sudden?
posted by louche mustachio at 1:04 AM on December 11, 2010


Btw. I believe it's either The Hivemind, or a pack of MeFites, but that's me.

[still working on strawpuppet and sockman images, but I need more Cortext]
posted by Namlit at 1:07 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Beanery. Or Bar, depending on how late it is.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:09 AM on December 11, 2010


A snert of Mefites
posted by louche mustachio at 1:15 AM on December 11, 2010


A fnord of Mefites.
posted by Duke999R at 1:23 AM on December 11, 2010


A filter of MeFites.
posted by wayland at 1:39 AM on December 11, 2010


A trunk muffin of MeFites.
posted by fixedgear at 2:12 AM on December 11, 2010


A beancrock of Mefites.
posted by pjern at 2:22 AM on December 11, 2010


My vote is on PeterMcDermott's Pileon of MeFites. Hands down (gah. Right into that plate of beans which was still there).

[somewhat related, I've discovered a new kind of beans: hoppitamoppita beans, family of jumping beans. OverFiltering plates of hoppitamoppita beans is what we usually do.]

[also: sorry for repeating the "what of mefites", that someone else posted first. As a punishment Ill write a few pages of apostrophe's right now]
posted by Namlit at 2:38 AM on December 11, 2010


A muppet of MeFites
posted by Ghidorah at 2:59 AM on December 11, 2010


a prism of mefites
posted by Surfurrus at 3:33 AM on December 11, 2010


I would love to be the one to type the defining term here, but Peter got it... pileon is the only logical answer..

other than, perhaps, cat-scan .
posted by HuronBob at 3:54 AM on December 11, 2010


A jitter of MetaCattle
posted by Namlit at 3:58 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I remembered how often The Whelk turns into a swan in order to pick up chicks.

You're thinking of barnacles turning into geese.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:52 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Kegel
posted by parmanparman at 5:01 AM on December 11, 2010


A meta of mefites.
posted by crunchland at 5:17 AM on December 11, 2010


A crash of Mefites. Like a crash of rhinos.
posted by Kangaroo at 5:21 AM on December 11, 2010


A much of Mefites, much?
posted by Chichibio at 5:32 AM on December 11, 2010


A maze of mefites. Sometimes the maze is a jaunty walk through on a lovely spring day. Sometimes it's like that one in "The Shining".
posted by sundrop at 5:48 AM on December 11, 2010


A squinge of Mefites
A kunkle of Mefites
A gazoonth of Mefites
A mackabisk of Mefites
A hoogish of Mefites

Yes, I made all those up. Is that a problem? Yeah? Well go zoff yourself.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:56 AM on December 11, 2010 [4 favorites]


A pucker of MeFites (although I like pile-on, too)
posted by briank at 6:05 AM on December 11, 2010


A website of mefites.
posted by ardgedee at 6:07 AM on December 11, 2010


A snark of MeFites.
posted by scalefree at 6:12 AM on December 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


A squonk of Jessamness...
posted by timsteil at 6:18 AM on December 11, 2010


I was about to say a "beanplate" of MeFites but it looks like I've been beaten to the punch.

A Godwin of Mefites.

A Favorite of Mefites? Hmmm. This is harder than I expected.
posted by verb at 6:18 AM on December 11, 2010


Squinge, kunkle, gazoonth, mackabisk, hoogish.

Yes, I made all those up.

Is that so?

Squinge: action of the eye after being hit by a squished grapefruit juice-squirt.
Kunkle: sound of brain when getting in gear pre-coffee.
Gazoonth: See "umpteenth."
Mackabisk: spicy east-European cabbage burger.
Hoogish: sound of surprised person slipping on wet snow.
posted by Namlit at 6:19 AM on December 11, 2010 [4 favorites]


A Palin of Mefites.
posted by ericb at 6:21 AM on December 11, 2010


A banning of MeFites.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 6:21 AM on December 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


A concatenation of mefites.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:28 AM on December 11, 2010


A [+] of Mefites.
posted by zarq at 6:53 AM on December 11, 2010


A Congress of MeFites

But with slightly less assholes than actual Congress
posted by MattMangels at 6:58 AM on December 11, 2010


A clusterfuck of MeFites
posted by Sailormom at 6:59 AM on December 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


A spousing of Mefites.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:01 AM on December 11, 2010


A cloud of MeFites.
Or, on some days, a mist.

An expression of MeFites.
posted by rjs at 7:06 AM on December 11, 2010


A click of Mefites.
posted by thusspakeparanoia at 7:08 AM on December 11, 2010


Ya know, after reading through this list, I suspect that special-k had it right with "A douche of assholes" of mefites.
posted by HuronBob at 7:11 AM on December 11, 2010


A quonsar of MeFites
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:21 AM on December 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was gonna say "beanplate" as well.

I do think, though, that it should be "A _______ of Mefite's."
posted by nevercalm at 7:29 AM on December 11, 2010


A blueness of MeFites?
posted by MimeticHaHa at 7:33 AM on December 11, 2010


A this. of MeFites
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:37 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


...an anthology of MeFites?
posted by MimeticHaHa at 7:38 AM on December 11, 2010


A heterogeneity of mefites?

Bit clunky, I guess.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:43 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A pile on...pileon of mefites.
posted by hal_c_on at 7:47 AM on December 11, 2010


A warren of mefites?

An IHOP of mefites?

A filter of mefites?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 8:03 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A Blah of MeFites.
posted by Namlit at 8:06 AM on December 11, 2010


A flurry of Mefites.
❅ ❄ ❆
posted by Mizu at 8:11 AM on December 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


An Excitation of MeFites.
posted by MsMolly at 8:16 AM on December 11, 2010


an Answer of Mefites
posted by Mngo at 8:32 AM on December 11, 2010


A link of Mefites.
posted by Toekneesan at 8:35 AM on December 11, 2010


or, when it's really working well, a hug of Mefites.
posted by Toekneesan at 8:37 AM on December 11, 2010


An awkward of Mefites
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 8:42 AM on December 11, 2010


A grammar of MeFites.
posted by tzikeh at 8:44 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Or a grammer of MeFites.
posted by tzikeh at 8:44 AM on December 11, 2010


As much as I love "A pileon of MeFites," I would "vote" against it for two reasons:

1) It's kind of mean, and while sometimes some of us can be truly mean, it suggests that what's most important about us is that we gang up on people.

2) It's part of a specific MeFite's name, and that just seems wrong.

Beans? Plated. Mission Accomplished.
posted by tzikeh at 8:47 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A magniloquence of mefites.
posted by blucevalo at 9:26 AM on December 11, 2010


Given our usual behavior at meetups, I'm going to go with a drunk of mefites. Or cask, maybe.
posted by rtha at 9:27 AM on December 11, 2010


A schmoopy of Mefites.
posted by Mngo at 9:40 AM on December 11, 2010


I think it depends on whether these MeFites are on the blue, gray, green, or elsewhere altogether.

For example, here at MeTa it's a plaint of MeFites, but on AskMe it's an oversharing of MeFites. On MeFi proper, we're a ballyhoo.

Meetups are the best; there we're a revelry of MeFites.
posted by .kobayashi. at 9:47 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A coven of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:48 AM on December 11, 2010


A helping of mefites.
posted by tula at 9:49 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, for the record, I didn't read the full thread first, because I didn't want to be influenced. So, philip-random and I came up with ballyhoo independently of each other. Maybe a point in that word's favor?
posted by .kobayashi. at 9:49 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A mispronunciation of mefites.
posted by phoque at 10:07 AM on December 11, 2010


A dischord of Mefites

OR

A library of Mefites
posted by philipy at 11:00 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A murder of Mefites, like with crows.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:25 AM on December 11, 2010


Damn, should have searched. I'm with wayland.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:30 AM on December 11, 2010


Or in contentious meTas, perhaps we are an unkindness of mefites, like ravens.
posted by rtha at 11:45 AM on December 11, 2010


I remembered how often The Whelk turns into a swan in order to pick up chicks.

I think that would probably be about never. To pick up cute guys on the other hand...
posted by ocherdraco at 11:47 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A post of Mefites.
posted by PenDevil at 12:11 PM on December 11, 2010


A fedora of Mefites.
posted by 8dot3 at 12:22 PM on December 11, 2010


A suppuration of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:49 PM on December 11, 2010


A beanplate of MeFites, without a doubt.
posted by mkultra at 1:14 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A... community of Mefites?
posted by mondaygreens at 1:15 PM on December 11, 2010


An infodump of MeFites
posted by drlith at 1:15 PM on December 11, 2010


A magnificence of MeFites.
posted by colfax at 1:37 PM on December 11, 2010


A blizzard of MeFites.

(A blizzard is made up of special snowflakes, you see.)
posted by Dumsnill at 1:44 PM on December 11, 2010 [4 favorites]


Nthing hive...
posted by Jacqueline at 1:48 PM on December 11, 2010


A moderation of MeFites.
posted by MuffinMan at 1:51 PM on December 11, 2010


As much as I hate to admit that there is any single person here who represents all of us, it still sounds good to say

A howie of MeFites
A miguel of MeFites
A bradland of MeFites (in memorium)

male mefites gather in a cortex while female mefites gather in a jessamyn
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:58 PM on December 11, 2010


but if we're all special snowflakes...

A drift of MeFites
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:01 PM on December 11, 2010


"A drove or herd, especially of swine."

That's just... kinda sexy.
posted by Dumsnill at 2:05 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A shyamalan of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:05 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A rhizome of MeFites.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 2:22 PM on December 11, 2010


Well, "hive" isn't quite the right word; a "hive of bees" requires both bees and a hive. Take out the hive and you're just left with a swarm of bees. So, obviously, a swarm of Mefites.
posted by pwnguin at 3:02 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


An ejaculate of MeFites.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:06 PM on December 11, 2010


An ejaculate of MeFites.

what
posted by Namlit at 3:38 PM on December 11, 2010


spooge
posted by Burhanistan at 3:44 PM on December 11, 2010


Surely we are an obstinacy of MeFites.
posted by YamwotIam at 3:49 PM on December 11, 2010


A pilonidal of MeFites.
posted by Chichibio at 4:05 PM on December 11, 2010


A snowdrift of MeFites.
posted by deep thought sunstar at 11:43 PM on December 10

A flurry of Mefites.
❅ ❄ ❆
posted by Mizu at 8:11 AM on December 11

A blizzard of MeFites.

(A blizzard is made up of special snowflakes, you see.)
posted by Dumsnill at 1:44 PM on December 11

but if we're all special snowflakes...

A drift of MeFites
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:01 PM on December 11


I'm sensing a theme...
posted by Mizu at 4:13 PM on December 11, 2010


"douche" is to assholes as "enema" is to MeFites. If one were Mensa-testing.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 4:55 PM on December 11, 2010


I object to the gratuitous filling in of blank spaces.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 5:22 PM on December 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


A Rejoinder of Mefites.
posted by doctor_negative at 5:39 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


A swallow of MeFites.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:40 PM on December 11, 2010


seems it's A flare-up of MeFites, actually.
posted by Namlit at 6:04 PM on December 11, 2010


An nthing of MeFites.
posted by dywypi at 6:09 PM on December 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


A stack of MeFites. (as in a stack of pancakes)
posted by yesster at 6:35 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


adjectivally ripe as well

"a heaping stack . . ."
"a short stack . . ."
"a steaming stack"
"oppposing stacks of MeFites"
posted by yesster at 6:37 PM on December 11, 2010


how about just 'hive'
posted by radioamy at 7:36 PM on December 11, 2010


Roto Grip
posted by slogger at 8:12 PM on December 11, 2010


I like a passel of MeFites. That or a hoppitamoppita.

A plate of Mefites like a plate of beans?

Chicago Mefites are a tiny beer of Mefites.
posted by IndigoRain at 9:40 PM on December 11, 2010


Hootenanny
posted by Coaticass at 2:52 AM on December 12, 2010


male mefites gather in a cortex
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:58 AM on December 12 [+] [!]

Uhm... *finger poke* But we haven't been properly introduced yet...
posted by gc at 4:32 AM on December 12, 2010


A masturbation of MeFites.

Always my "go to" pretend collective noun, but I think it works extra well in the masturbatory world of internet forums. Unashamedly pinched from an Alas Smith and Jones episode.

That particular collective noun sketch started a meme according to this IMDB link [do a CTRL+F and search for "fart of zebras"].
posted by uncanny hengeman at 6:31 AM on December 12, 2010


A hope of mefites.
posted by dougrayrankin at 7:37 AM on December 12, 2010


A portobello of MeFites
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:51 AM on December 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: A tagline of MeFites
posted by armage at 3:37 PM on December 12, 2010


A meh of MeFites.
posted by dg at 8:37 AM on December 11 [7 favorites +] [!]


A meh fight of MeFites.
posted by jonnyploy at 5:40 PM on December 12, 2010


I turn my back for a record and you people have me seducing goat herders in the guise of a resplendent swan.


Everyone knows I take the form of a flock of blackbirds shouting TOMORROW! TOMORROW!

Sheesh!
posted by The Whelk at 6:33 PM on December 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Alot of MeFites.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:48 PM on December 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


An enspousenal of mefites.

A scrutiny of mefites.

"Hive" is really very good, but describes the total population.

A colony of mefites.

A drone of mefites.

A bombination of mefites.

I kind of like "an enthing of mefites."
posted by zennie at 9:18 AM on December 13, 2010


A consensus of mefites
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:27 AM on December 13, 2010


A you-call-this-the-best-of-the-web of Mefites.
posted by Loto at 10:35 AM on December 13, 2010


It's not "a douche of assholes", it's "a clyster of assholes".

And I thought the proper collective noun was "a pedantic thrash of Mefites". No?
posted by Lexica at 10:53 AM on December 13, 2010


A collective of nouns.

Now what would a "____ of Mefites" look like illustrated?

posted by Kabanos at 11:24 AM on December 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


An argument of mefites. And I'll have it out with anyone who says different.
posted by anigbrowl at 3:21 PM on December 13, 2010


a favorite of mefites.
posted by crunchland at 3:59 AM on December 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


anigbrowl: "An argument of mefites. And I'll have it out with anyone who says different"

OH! Oh! I'm sorry! This is abuse! Aha! No, you want room 12A, next door.
posted by bwg at 4:23 AM on December 14, 2010


Therefore, an 'abuse of Mefites'.
posted by bwg at 4:23 AM on December 14, 2010


Bhutan of Fites.
posted by Pennyblack at 7:23 AM on December 14, 2010


A Hogshead of Mefitians
posted by doctor_negative at 10:18 PM on December 15, 2010


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