Thursday, September 15, 2011

I found this rather interesting!

What is a group of Baboons called?

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.

5 comments:

Arkansas Patti said...

I so agree.

Margaret Cloud said...

They certainly picked the right name, so true.

Shionge said...

Now I look at Congress in a different light and perspective :D

ChrisJ said...

A Congress of Baboons! How appropriate -- but I might extend it to all politicians! What ARE they thinking about!

Country Mouse Studio said...

too true