Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Learning about anthropomorphic nouns

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 wand ravens),
an Exaltation of doves

and, presumably because they look so wise: a Congress of owls.

Now please bear in mind that Baboons
are loud, potentially dangerous, obnoxious, viciously aggressive and the least intelligent of all primates. And take a guess as to what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not … A Parliament!

I guess this somewhat explains the weird and sometimes unfathomable decisions that come out from Parliament…sometimes…

You just can’t make this stuff up.

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails