COULD THIS BE TRUE?

Here is a funny email I just got.

Anthropomorphic Nouns

I thought this might be boring, but stick with it.

You’ll love the ending.

We are all familiar with:

herd of cowsa herd of cows,
flock-of-chickensa flock of chickens,
school-of-fisha school of fish
gaggle-of-geeseand a gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is:

pride-of-lionsa pride of lions,
murder-of-crowsa murder of crows
rooks-and-ravens(as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens)
exaltation-of-doevsan exaltation of doves

and, presumably because they look so wise:
parliament-of-owlsa parliament of owls.
Now consider a group of Baboons.

Baboons 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!
(Note: I hadn’t heard that before, so I looked it up.

It is correct) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babooncongress1A CONGRESS OF BABOONS!

That pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington !
You just can’t make this stuff up.

Well, actually we can.  We call a group of baboons a “troop.” Who would risk insulting a group of baboons by calling them a congress? And did you notice how shamed-faced those owls were? The folks in parliament are wise? Why think that?

5 thoughts on “COULD THIS BE TRUE?

  1. I think the technical term for these types of fascinating words is “collective nouns.” some of them are absolutely magical. I particularly love the idea of an “exultation”. It fits larks, doesn’t fit baboons.

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