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Collective Nouns

Some of you know I have a bit of a fascination with language. Aunt Edna sent me this interesting information you may not know.

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:

A gaggle of geese:

However, less widely known is a pride of lions:

An ambush of tigers:

A murder of crows:

A conspiracy of ravens:

An exaltation of doves:

Presumably because they look so wise, a parliament of owls:

Now consider the baboon. They are one of the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive of all animals. They are arguably the least intelligent of all primates. What is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

A Congress. Appropriate, no?

Queen Hotchibobo
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay. Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.

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