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Vitali
162331.  Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:29 am Reply with quote

Very few people (I've checked!) would be aware of some peculiar COLLECTIVE names for groups of animals like:

Shrewdness (!) - a group of apes (a funny question may stem out of it);
Pace - Asses
Sloth (!) - a group of bears
Clowder - .... cats
Peep (!) - .... chickens
Murder (!!) - a flock of crows
Mischief - .... rats
Cowardice - .... curs
Paddling - ..... ducks
Gang (!) - .... elks, eg "a gang of drunken elks" - see "elks"
Gaggle - .... geese
Trip - ..... goats
Cast - ..... hawks
Siege - .... herons
Charm - ..... finches
Skulk - ..... foxes
Harras - ...... horses
Smack - .... jellyfish
Troop - .... kangaroos
Kindle - .... kittens
Deceit - .... lapwings
Exaltation - .... larks
Richness - .... martens
Tidings - .... magpipes
Labor -.... moles
Company - .... parrots
Colony - ..... penguins
Bouquet -.... pheasants
Unkindness -.... ravens
Crash -.... rhinoceros
Pod - .... seals
Host -.... sparrows
Dray - .... squirrels
Flights -.... swallows
Wedge - .... swans
Chattering -.... starlings
Sounder - .... swine
Route - .... wolves
Descent - ..... woodpeckers
Rafter - .... turkeys
Knot -..... toads

And so on!


Last edited by Vitali on Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:35 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
dr.bob
162347.  Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:46 am Reply with quote

You forgot a flange of baboons :)

 
eggshaped
164774.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:50 am Reply with quote

Speaking of Flange of Baboons, and also the discussion in the meeting that a lot of these words are made-up, this is good: posted by King of Quok in the desolate desert we call the outer boards.

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I thought I'd share another term I've just found in one of the books in the course of my dinosaur research that seems to have had the same journey. Apparently the arrangement of spikes on the tails of dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus, Wuerhosaurus and Kentrosaurus, which I didn't know even had a name, is called a thagomizer. The term apparently started life in a Gary Larson cartoon, where a group of cavemen bestowed the name on the spikes in memory of a fellow caveman called Thag who had met a sticky end on them. I believe that the term has even been used by palaeontologists at the Smithsonian


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