Ladybird Ladybird or perhaps Lady bird Lady bird the poem is entrenched in my childhood memories as a frightening rhyme. For me, it was Ladybird Ladybird and I envisaged the panic of my favorite little ladybug beetles in a housefire.
Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home,
Your house is on fire,
Your children shall burn!
How we were traumatised as kids, eh?
Then today I heard the phrase "A Loveliness of Ladybirds" and thought it was so apt! I had never heard this collective noun before, although I was familiar with a clowder of cats and a kindle of kittens. There is some dispute about whether this is a modern invention, but who cares? Even a plague of ladybirds can be a pretty sight, so I for one hope "a loveliness of ladybirds" takes off if new and resurfaces if not! Not that I am prejudiced towards ladybugs in any way....
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