Regardless of what you might say about Teaching Fellows organization abilities, or their funding, or ability to kill us in the first two years, they are quite good with naming things. Each group of university students is classified as a 'cohort'. When they first told me I was in the math cohort, I pictured myself wearing a mongolian doppa, riding a horse across the Russian steppes, leading an attack on some fortress. Being a math cohort, we would be able to use sine, cosine, and tangent to precisely launch catapults, or something.
So our group is a cohort. Back to Planet Thailand, and my conversation with Mark. We are observing a group of about fifteen hipsters, and I suddenly ask Mark what a group of hipsters is called. You have a murder of crows, a pod of whales, a short bus of republicans, a cohort of teaching fellows. My immediate ideas were a comb of hipsters, or maybe a thrift of hipsters, but then I had an epiphany- an angst of hipsters. I'm quite proud of that.