I was a wee bit surprised this morning to find that even with their current popularity these days, there is no official term for a group of zombies. Although a recent episode of The Walking Dead referred to a group of traveling zombies as a “herd“, the terminology is much debated among zombie aficionados. “Herd” seems an inaccurate term to describe the throng of zombies about to bust down your doors and drag you screaming into the night. A zombie herd seems to suggest a large group of zombies standing around waiting to be slaughtered, rather than a roaming band of monsters that is going to eat you alive. If anything, from a zombie’s perspective it is humans who are the herds.
It appears that some zombie fans prefer the term “horde“. While the term “horde” means simply “a large group of people”, the word is connotative of swarms of bodies conquering and pillaging. Much more fitting for a group of zombies, don’t you think? But whether you call them a herd, a horde, a hive, a gaggle, a shuffle, or simply target practice, I have one of them to share with you. Today’s zombie apocalypse is brought to you via the girls and our weekly craft club play date, inspired completely by this pin from Pinterest.
If I had to come up with a term for our group, I would go with a military one like a squadron, or a platoon. Very fitting since this guy, made by Paige, is their leader…
It might not sound cool but it would allow military personnel to accurately report the size of the threat to other units.
So weigh in here, my friends…. What would YOU call them?
Wooden Spools and Discs
Sculpey ClayDictionary Paper
Paint, Sharpie Marker
Plastic Halloween Toys
Painted Acorns made by Joanne’s Husband