We're all familiar with the collective nouns of years past: a pride of lions, a flock of chickens, a platoon of lawyers and even an exaltation of larks. Here are some suggested collectives for the 1990s:

A smear of supermarkets tabloid journalists.A take of U.S. senators.

A snooze of television analysts.

A grumbling of former secretaries of state.

A bafflement of computer technicians.