"Jellyfish" is one of those words that lacks credibility. The more I look at it, the less likely it becomes. This cannot be the proper spelling!
Efforts to discover the WHY of "a smack of jellyfish" have been unsuccessful. A student brings peanut butter sandwiches on white with green mint jelly every schoolday.
Another improbable word. Jellyfish have no brains, hearts, or bones. I'd like to watch Judge Judy slap one around. Drifter. Stinging. Invertebrate!
So much to do tonight, but I've been hanging out with a strange crowd. Collective nouns for animals.
A group of jellyfish is sometimes called a bloom or a swarm. "Bloom" is usually used for a large group of jellyfish that gather in a small area, but may also have a time component, referring to seasonal increases, or numbers beyond what was expected. Another collective name for a group of jellyfish is a smack.
The post-pretense of this verb is smuck. The jelly company slogan was coined in 1962. With a name like Smucker's it has to be good.
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