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There is a phrase "What an idiot!". How should it be used for a group of people? Looks like "What idiots" doesn't have same emotional meaning.

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If I was in a group of people and we were commented on as such, I don't think I'd be any the less offended than if it was a comment on me alone. –  Barrie England Oct 16 '11 at 9:50
    
I prefer "cacophony of idiots". –  user22096 Jun 9 '12 at 18:10
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"What a bunch of idiots" works the same. Or, you can be even more offensive and say something like "what a pile of idiots," though this may not be common in some areas.

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+1 I don't know why bunch gives the phrase a bigger punch, but you're right, it does. –  onomatomaniak Oct 16 '11 at 11:25
    
If you don't mind being even more offensive, I find shower of shit works fine for one or several idiots. –  FumbleFingers Oct 16 '11 at 16:38
    
From a linguistic point of view "a shitload of degenerate retards" would convey a similar meaning. –  siamii Oct 16 '11 at 16:44
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I like "gaggle." Perhaps "gaggle of goofuses" for those of us raised on Highlights For Children. –  fluffy Oct 16 '11 at 18:14
    
Certainly, bunch is the most common term. I've never heard pile but pack is a possibility. –  jaybee Oct 17 '11 at 8:41
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Simply saying Idiots would suffice. It's short, immediate, emotionally charged and relatively offensive.

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If you're looking for something more offensive, you could go with "What imbeciles" or "What a bunch of imbeciles".

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+1 purely for also having bunch. Like you, I have no idea why bunch in particular is such a favoured word for these constructions. Although I do think that particulary in the past, and/or more "formal" contexts, pack performs a similar role. –  FumbleFingers Oct 16 '11 at 16:43
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You might consider referring to the specific type of idiocy:

"What a bunch of lemmings" (referring to a long-disproved misconception): a group of people doing something self-destructive, apparently of their own free will.

"What a bunch of sheep": a group of people accepting exactly what they are told by someone else, without thought.

(I'm not sure why the insulting version of these phrases, and Mark's suggestions of "a bunch of idiots", uses "bunch", rather than some other collective noun, such as "a flock of sheep" or "a herd of sheep" or "a colony of lemmings").

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Indirectly related, but in the Scots dialect we have the word 'yous' (or 'youse'), which is 'you' plural - "Youse are idiots", "Youse idiots" etc. Handy for all occasions - "youse serious?" "Aye" "Youse are

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