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Friday, October 7, 2011


Anthropomorphism - "the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object."

 The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for various groups of animals.
We are all familiar with:
A Herd of cows
A Flock of chickens
A School of fish
A Gaggle of geese.
However, less widely known is a:
A Pride of lions
A Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens)
An Exaltation of larks
A Parliament of owls (because they look so wise…?)
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…it’s:
A Congress of Baboons! 
I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington.

Hat tip - Neal Boortz

1 comment:

  1. Yep says it all.