Leonard Cohen Fans Debate Their Collective Noun

How Many Cohenites In A Fedora?

Recently, Eileen Cockcroft opened a Leonard Cohen Facebook Group thread with the question, “What is a good name for a collective noun of Leonard Cohen fans?”

In the belief that this discussion might interest Cohen admirers, I promoted the idea to the powers that be. Consequently, Eileen’s question was posted to the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page.

Not only did the entry result in a large number of comments and suggestions, including a contemplation of Cohenites, a Hallelujah of Cohenites, & a fedora of Cohenites, but it was also picked up by Reuters. This excerpt is from A contemplation of Cohenites? – Leonard’s fans look for a label by Jeremy Gaunt (Posted 2 Jun 2015)

LONDON: Global fans of Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen are having fun on Facebook: trying to come up with a collective name for themselves. The burst of fandom for the 80-year old performer of “Suzanne”, “Sisters of Mercy” and “Bird on a Wire” followed a posting noting that Joni Mitchell, another celebrated Canadian musician, once called herself a “stone (committed) Cohenite”. Now Cohen’s official page is asking what a collective noun for such people should be – as in a pride of lions, a gaggle of geese and so on.

 

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted June 2, 2015.

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