August 9, 2016
Thanks to diligent readers (3 of them) who researched (or speculated) as this blogger should have done, we now know that there are at least four terms for a gang of jellyfish that meet with some degree of scientific or popular approval. Two votes for “a smack of jellyfish,” one each for “flutter,” “bloom” and “swarm.” We also had a vote for “jangle,” which has a certain flair.
“Smack” seems evocative to me of the sound a jellyfish would make when thrown hard against a wall. It also reminds me of one of my favorite phrases from P.G. Wodehouse, who has Bertie Wooster walking (elegantly dressed, of course) along an English beach, where he sees “a fat child meditatively smacking a jellyfish with a spade.”
So, on these pages, from now on, jellyfish will travel in a smack. The die is cast, and thanks!