Animal Groups to Amuse You

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The English language has some wonderful collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We have: Herd of cows, Flock of chickens, School of fish, Gaggle of geese, Pride of lions, Murder of crows, Exaltation of doves and Parliament of owls. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
Believe it or not ……. a Congress!

For some unknown reason I found this to be quite entertaining and wondered what group of people or society came up with the the names for the various groups of animals. I did an extensive search for several days around the internet with no success in finding the answer. However I did find it interesting that some of the things we say like “memory of an elephant” perhaps came from the names given to animal groups. Have a look through the list and see how many you can find.

cows-herds chickens-flock fish-school
geese-gaggle lions-pride crows-murder
doves-exaltation owls-parliament baboons-congress
woodpecker-descent turtle-bale turkey-rafter
tiger-ambush squirrel-dray skunk-surfeit
rhinoceros-crash rat-horde raccoon-nursery
rabbit-drove, warren penguin-rookery parrot-company
monkey-troop,tribe mallard-flush leopard-leap, prowl
kangaroo-troop,herd,mob hummingbird-charm guinea pig-group
gorilla-band gerbil-horde frog-army, knot
fox-skulk, leash ferret-business, fesynes cheetah-coalition
ape-shrewdness barracudas-battery cat-clowder, pounce
turtle dove-pitying, dule butterfly-lek, rabble, flutter dog-kennel
flamingo-stand, flamboyyance giraffe-tower lizard-lounge
porcupine-prickle zebra-zeal, crossing, dazzle finche-charm
bear-sloth, sleuth coyote-band elephant-herd, memory
hippopotamus-bloat goldfish-glint, troubling crocodile-bask, float
hyena-cackle, clan wild cat-destruction goat-tribe, trip, drove
greyhound-leash alligator-congregarion peacock-muster, ostentation
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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this, this was pretty amusing for me too. I wouldn’t like to be in the midst of a coalition of cheetahs, or a destruction of wildcats.lols Seriously, I would love to know who came up with these too, how long ago were these coined?

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