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Forum topic by Michael1 posted 10-17-2011 03:27 AM 993 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2011 03:27 AM

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You know – the English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

Do you know what they call a bunch of cattle. I see them around here all the time. Only the innocent say see that bunch of cattle. Us country folk all know and are familiar with the fact they are correctly called a Herd of cows. In the same manner we call a bunch of chickens a Flock of chickens, a lot of fish is called a school of fish and a bunch of geese are called a Gaggle of geese.

But what about other critters on this earth. Not everyone knows that it is correct to call a pack of lines, a Pride of lions, or how about this one – a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), or check this out, an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now lets 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!

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 03:56 AM


-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 04:33 AM

haha, nice

-- Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember, from time-to-time, that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. -Wilde

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 02:39 AM

Don’t forget a pack of dogs.
I think you got the congress right….:-)

-- Life is good.

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