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A “blank” of estate agents

What IS the collective noun for estate agents?
Having run into a bunch on West End Lane the other morning, I thought Twitter might provide some illumnination…

What IS the collective noun for estate agents?

Having run into a bunch on West End Lane the other morning, I thought Twitter might provide some illumnination…

Storified by West Hampstead· Thu, Mar 14 2013 04:18:16

For some – the question bit close to home
@WHampstead As someone who has recently dealt with an estate agent, I’m fairly certain they’re "a burden".Mark Gunner
@WHampstead ‘coven’ or if Foxtons it’s a ‘pester’.Tangent
@WHampstead if selling for you an "excellence", if you are buying a "ramp of estate agents"JM
@WHampstead A "one bedroom, what, oh, it’s really a studio" of estate agents #notsickoflookingforsomewheretolivehonestDavid Whittam
Others chose to accentuate the negative perception
@WHampstead sharks?lokitamara
@EstherForeman @WHampstead Agree. "A shark of estate agents" sounds right to me. Can be singular "He’s a shark of an estate agent" #geniusKate
@WHampstead a ‘dupe’Caroline
@WHampstead I believe it’s a "murder"… a "murder of estate agents".Misread Missus
@WHampstead a "gouge".Jon Kelly
@WHampstead same as for butterflies, a rabble.James Singleton
@WHampstead A douchebag of estate agents.Ilayda Arden
@WHampstead A Human Centipede of Estate Agents? They’re all up their own….Lazy Hound
@WHampstead a befuddlement?Sophie Cable
@WHampstead a swindle?Nicholas Barnett
@WHampstead "an aftershave"LABROCCA
@WHampstead A wank of estate agents?Adam P
@WHampstead "a boogle of estate agents" (the collective term for a group of weasels – I could name and shame)Jason Broderick
Then there were those who turned to estate agent clichés and manner for their suggestions
@WHampstead A ‘characterful’ of estate agents? A ‘smarm’? Or is that a bit mean?Fiona Barrows
@WHampstead A "wellconnectedbylocalbusroutesandandlocalshopsofferingawiderangeoflocalservicesshopsandlocalrestaurants" of estate agents.Anna Black
@WHampstead A surplus? A cringe? A chain? An elaboration?Simon Thompson
@WHampstead I have a slew of less polite ones too… but I’ll spare you those…Simon Thompson
@WHampstead An exaggeration?Kate
@WHampstead a gazump?Liz Wheatley
@WHampstead "A bullshit" (presume someone’s said that already though)Julia Wagner
@WHampstead a "Juliet balcony" of estate agents (aka a large window)Lucy Longhurst
@WHampstead A “bijou” of estate agents.nicky j
@WHampstead An euphemism of estate agents? (Is that ‘an’ or ‘a’? ‘An’ is right, but it sounds wrong…)Emily Turner
@WHampstead "a moment" because of their habit of describing a place’s distance from somewhere thus? Or a "pied-a-terre" of Estate Agents?Maps Man
@KineticEcstasy @WHampstead a spiel of estate agents?Neil Fisher
@WHampstead Also a specific name for West Hampstead estate agents could be a ‘Willesden Green’. They all seem to think it is part of WH.Fiona Barrows
@WHampstead A "must-see luxury promenade boasting buildings, pedestrians and cars" of estate agents (finished to a high standard throughout)Simon Rohrbach
@WHampstead A "reflexive pronoun" of estate agents #collectivenounsnicky j
Some people went more left-field
@WHampstead Regardless of the correct word, it would definitely be a cacophony of estate agents…chatty little buggers.Patrick Hurley
@WHampstead Has to be ‘a shower of’Kenn Goodall
@WHampstead "Nice lot of" #MyInnocenceAndNaivetyIsShowingIsntItAJ
Estate agents themselves were strangely quiet – I would have thought it was a good chance for them to come back with some amusing positive suggestions… Only one person got involved though:
@WHampstead I love how some people complain about estate agents when they deal with Greene and co, foxtons etc. What do you expect?Mark Rees
@WHampstead I guess if you had walked past my office I would have liked you to think ‘reputable’ but I concede that’s unlikely! #perceptionsMark Rees
@WHampstead Parkheath, WEL branch.Mark Rees
My favourites were “a chain” and “a “wellconnectedbylocalbusroutesandandlocalshopsofferingawiderangeoflocalservicesshopsandlocalrestaurants” 

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