Monday, December 05, 2011

Anthropomorphic Nouns for Animal Groups

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!
You just can’t make this stuff up.
Go green – Recycle Congress in 2012 !!!


Shionge said...

Really interesting...yes I have no idea bout the murder of crow and pride of lions :)

Yup.....baboons in parliament is not funny at all :D

Joe "The Artist" Hagarty said...

I know the pride of lions, but you have nailed it about congress - there's a book out: "Throw Them All Out!!!" which I expect in my stocking on Dec 25th. Love from the Hagartys

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

I Looove this post Patty! It has been a while since I've been here at your Blog and being back feels like home!

This post is truly informative! Never given much thought to collective nouns but because of your post, I have learned so much and I could use them in poetry!

But When I reached the Congress of Baboons, OH MY! That was hilariously funny!

Thank you so much for making my day Patty! God Bless you and Abe!

Cloudy day here in the Philippines!