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The wonder of all these anthropomorphic collective nouns!

Forum contributor Ben Sanchez wishes to share with us this delightful photo-essay about the nature of beasts and humankind. Enjoy!


The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a

Herd of Cows
Herd of Cows,

Flock of Chickens
Flock of Chickens,

School of Fish
School of Fish,

Gaggle of Geese
A Gaggle of Geese, and

Pride of Lions
A Pride of Lions.

However, less widely known is

Murder of Crows
A Murder of Crows,

Rooks and Ravens
(as well as of their cousins the Rooks and Ravens),

Exaltation of Doves
An Exaltation of Doves,

And, presumably because they look so wise,

Congress of Owls
A Congress 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 Parliament,
Parliament of Baboons
Yep... A Parliament of Baboons!*

Pretty much explains everything, doesn’t it?

You just can’t make this up.

*Editor’s note: This is the British version, of course. The Philippines has its own. Do you know what the collective anthropomorphic noun for them is? Do tell us your answer.

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