December 7, 2013
Everything counts in large amounts, and words like “barrage” and “smörgåsbord” are used to talk about things in big quantities.
Smörgåsbord comes from a Swedish traditional meal where a buffet of many hot and cold dishes (mostly based on fish) is offered, and diners are free to choose what goes on their plate. By extension, it refers to a situation in which there are plenty of choices with few (if any) restrictions.
Many collective nouns (words that identify groups of things or animals) are also used by extension in a multitude of contexts: swarm, stampede, flock and herd (both as verbs and nouns), or more unusual ones such as drove (look up the use of the phrase “in droves”) are only some of them.