|Sep 24, 2011, 09:17 PM|
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!
|Sep 24, 2011, 10:36 PM|
United States, TX, Fort Worth
Joined Jan 2009
Beatles' Yellow Submarine:
What's that then, a school of whales?
They look a little old for school.
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.
|Oct 11, 2011, 09:56 PM|
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