My friends and co-workers often harass me for what they call my use of “trivial” words. By “trivial,” they mean words that no one else uses except me. I like to remind them that I once received a free lunch because of my “trivial” knowledge of words.
I was sitting in a sandwich shop waiting for my order. A white board by the cash register said: “This week’s word puzzler. Tell us the term for a group of kittens and your lunch is on the house.”
I recalled my time in library school—before anyone had ever heard of Google—when we were charged with looking up answers to questions like these … and I remembered. The collective term for a group of kittens is kindle.