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Old Sep 24, 2011, 10:17 PM
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A Herd of Cows, A Flock of Chickens

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not ........ A Congress!

I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington!

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Old Sep 24, 2011, 11:36 PM
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What's that then, a school of whales?

They look a little old for school.

University perhaps?

Hmmm, university of Wales.

I think the collective noun for whales is 'pod'.

Not sure we should be granting these academics authority to assign terminology. But 'congress of baboons' pritmuch nails it.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 04:49 PM
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Now I know why they call it a platoon.
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 11:11 AM
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A handful of proctologists?
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 02:58 PM
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No, it's platoons of babboons.
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 04:24 PM
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No, it's platoons of babboons.

True but a 'Congress of baboons' sure hits the mark!
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Old Oct 11, 2011, 10:56 PM
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True but a 'Congress of baboons' sure hits the mark!
What did the Baboons ever do to deserve such a derogatory description?
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 01:54 PM
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I think the collective noun for whales is 'pod'.
I was working a crossword puzle the other day. The clue was 'group of whales.' 3 letters. Easy, 'pod', right? That's what I put. The answer was 'gam.' I guess both are correct, huh?
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