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    An Accumulation of Archives?

    I'm proposing a new collective noun for my current state of affairs.

    We've run into the time of life when older relatives seem to be passing away at an average of about one every four months. The hardest to bear was certainnly losing my mom in 2010, but in the past fifteen months we've also lost two aunts and an uncle. Each wonderful, quirky, beloved relative left more than memories behind. I'm talking about the inevitable "stuff" of life.

    Before 2010 my husband and I had also become the custodians of six other estates, bringing our grand total of family archives to ten. What would you call it? An embarrassment of riches?

    If archives were ants, we would have an army of archives.

    Maybe archives behave more like elephants, taking up space in our lives. A herd of archives?

    Of course, archives seem to be multiplying like rabbits. A bury of archives? (I do feel buried at times). A trip of archives? (Seems like a wild trip, too, man). A warren of archives? (Describing my overflowing closets?)

    Archives appear quiet, but can be as demanding as a hungry cat. A nusiance of archives?

    Or as relentless as a gnats. A swarm of archives?

    Is there a collective noun that indicates sheer mass? Overwhelming numbers?

    My mind boggles at an implausibility of gnus or a generation of vipers.

    Multiple archives certainly can seem larger than the elephants in the room. Maybe hippopotami would be more appropriate. I think I like the image of a crash of archives or even a bloat of archives. Either would fit my current accumulation of archives.

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    Reader Comments (6)

    How about "flotilla"? (With a bit of a play on "ark" vs. "archive".)

    One definition of "flotilla" is "an indefinite large number".

    September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Smith

    I like how you think, Drew!

    September 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator

    I think you have a mountain of memorabilia; a stash of statistics; a library of letters; a fountain of facts!

    September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

    I vote for Flotilla as well. Also Denise Dahling - you are beginning to really sound overwhelmed. If you want help, I can come down and help you.

    September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Fenley

    My mountain of memorabilia could float away on a flotilla. Maybe some Educated assistance would help! Come on down, Sheri, I will clear a path.

    September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Levenick

    Wow. We had to deal with my in-laws estate a couple of years ago and it nearly buried our house. Even after the estate sale! So I can't imagine the stress of 10!

    September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Shively

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