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What is your favourite collective noun for animals?

  1. JanTutor profile image85
    JanTutorposted 4 years ago

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    One of the strangest idiosyncrasy of the English language is the sheer amount of collective nouns that all mean "group" that are precisely to  do with what exact thing there is a group of: a bunch of grapes, a pack of cards, a colony of penguins, a staff of employees, an annoyance of neighbours a flock of sheep, and so forth. Many of these collective nouns are striking, evocative even lyrical and there is great diversity of collective nouns associated with animals, I’d like to know what are your favourites; a murder of crows perhaps? Or a congress of baboons?

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      Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Mine is a clowder of cats.  smile

    2. Mighty Mom profile image90
      Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Being a big cats fan, I gotta go with a PRIDE of lions!

    3. WritingPrompts profile image73
      WritingPromptsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I like "a gaggle of geese".

  2. JanTutor profile image85
    JanTutorposted 4 years ago

    Those are good ones. Have you heard of a flange of baboons and a congregation of crocodiles?

    1. WritingPrompts profile image73
      WritingPromptsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      A congregation? I never knew crocodiles were religious!

      1. JanTutor profile image85
        JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No, but people who happen upon them most probably pray for their lives!

    2. c2mtech profile image60
      c2mtechposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Never heard before...........

      1. JanTutor profile image85
        JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Check them out some of them are hilarious, for instance, an unkindness of ravens and a rhumba of rattlesnakes and can you imagine a parliament of rooks!

  3. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 4 years ago

    An exaltation of doves...or larks.

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very poetic

    2. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very beautiful and very apt!

  4. Greekgeek profile image96
    Greekgeekposted 4 years ago

    A "murder of crows," because it's so odd.

    Neil Gaiman invented a very interesting story in his Sandman graphic novels explaining the origin of that one.

  5. JanTutor profile image85
    JanTutorposted 4 years ago

    That sounds interesting - I'll check it out. Thanks for your interest.

  6. hopped profile image90
    hoppedposted 4 years ago

    I like "Sleuth of bears" and "Charm of hummingbirds."

    I found this website once almost by accident but I love going back to it from time to time.

    http://rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

    I promise, it's not my website or anything.  I just think it's a fun resource to share!

  7. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 4 years ago

    That's a cool website smile think I like that one too, charm of hummingbirds lol and also, 'brace of bucks' smile  just got to love these critters in our world.

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The list just goes on and such interesting choices. Thanks for your response.

  8. Rochelle Frank profile image89
    Rochelle Frankposted 4 years ago

    A parliament of owls.. They DO look so serious and important.

    1. hopped profile image90
      hoppedposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      They're obviously part of the ruling class of animals.

    2. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Self-imposed importance - rather like a government - hence the name!

      Thanks for your offering.

  9. miss_jkim profile image82
    miss_jkimposted 4 years ago

    How about a mob of Joey's?

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's a new one on me but I can just picture it - sharply dressed like 1930's gangsters.

  10. hagsvilleUSA profile image61
    hagsvilleUSAposted 4 years ago

    I'd have to go with Flock of Seagulls -- they had awesome hair.   ;-)

  11. jenb0128 profile image94
    jenb0128posted 4 years ago

    A kettle of vultures.

    It comes from the fact that a large group of circling vultures looks kind of like bubbles rising in a tea kettle.

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Interesting fact - you're definitely the person to have on a trivia team!!!

  12. Kenja profile image80
    Kenjaposted 4 years ago

    Like it...

  13. Nesbyte profile image85
    Nesbyteposted 4 years ago

    Mine is probably a "parliament" of owls, or perhaps an "ostentation" of peacocks.

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Nice ones!

  14. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 years ago

    A Coalition of Cheetahs and a Gaze of Raccoons are pretty cool.

    ...and the usual gang of idiots at Mad Magazine. lol

  15. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    Infestation of Humans.

    Great thread! smile

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's funny.

    2. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Funny with more than a smattering of truth!

  16. austinhealy profile image84
    austinhealyposted 4 years ago

    A pack of dogs, all barking together while running...after my neighbor's fat and ugly cat. The cat will survive smile

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I once visited a fairly notorious estate and I swear the cats went around in gangs beating the dogs up. It was eye-opening!

  17. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 4 years ago

    I pretty much like the term "beasts" especially in reference to certain men-animals!

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Mega1 you're way too funny and you've probably identified the best of all the collective nouns. I'm supposed to be nursing a cold not crying with laughter but you're humour (English spelling) has banished any notion of self-pity. Thank you!

  18. Shaddie profile image94
    Shaddieposted 4 years ago

    A fesnyng. A fesnyng of ferrets.

    1. JanTutor profile image85
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have never in all my days heard of this - now I'm off to get a dictionary. Thanks for sharing!

 
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