Collective Nouns for Animals

I received this in my e-mail recently, and I thought I’d share it with all of you.
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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 of baboons, and that explains the chaos that we have in the House of Representatives. 🙂

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Posted on September 6, 2011, in Grammar and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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