Monday, June 20, 2011

Collective Nouns.......

We are all familiar with the names of certain groups of animals.  For  example, a "pack" of dogs, a "herd" of cows, a "flock" of birds, a"school" of fish are all well-known collective nouns that we use all the time.

But I'll bet you are not familiar with many other names for groups of certain animals.......such as:

---A GROUPING of aardvarks
---A CONGREGATION of alligators
---A SHREWDNESS of apes
---An ARRANGEMENT of armadillos
---A TROOP of baboons
---A SLEUTH of bears
---A SOUNDER of boars
---A RABBLE of  butterflies
---A COALITION of cheetahs
---A QUIVER of cobras
---An INTRUSION of cockroaches
---A BASK of crocodiles
---A MURDER of crows
---A GULP of cormorants
---A TEAM of dolphins
---A COTE of doves
---A CLUSTER of dragonflies
---A CONVOCATION of eagles
---A GANG of elk
---A GROSS of falcons
---A BUSINESS of ferrets
---A LEASH of foxes
---A COLONY of frogs
---A JOURNEY of giraffes
---A GAGGLE of geese
---A HORDE of hamsters
---An ARRAY of hedgehogs
---A BLOAT of hippotamus
---A CACKLE of hyenas
---A SHADOW of jaguars
---A MOB of kangaroos
---A COLONY of koalas
---An EXALTATION of larks
---A PLOT of lemurs
---A LEAP of leopards
---A RISK of lobsters
---A TIDING of magpies
---A CLAN of meerkats
---A LABOUR of moles
---A SCOURGE of mosquitoes
---A BARREN of mules
---A WATCH of nightingales
---A ROMP of otters
---A PARLIAMENT of owls
---A PARTY of peafowl
---A SCOOP of pelicans
---A ROOKERY of penguins
---A PUDDLE of platypus
---A PRICKLE of porcupines
---A WARREN of rabbits
---A NURSERY of raccoons
---A CONGRESS of ravens
---A CRASH of rhinoceros
---A MAELSTROM of salamanders
---A FRENZY of sharks
---A SURFEIT of skunks
---A ROUNDUP of squid
---An INTRUSION of stinkbugs
---A STREAK of tigers
---A KNOT of toads
---A CREAM of turkeys
---A BALE of turtles
---A SNEAK of weasels
---A WISDOM of wombats

Well, these are just a sampling.  Colorful, no?

19 comments:

  1. Oh what goodness! What I don't learn blogging!! So interesting...

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  2. What an excellent list, they say we learn something everyday well from your post I learnt alot.

    Have a good day.
    Yvonne.

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  3. some of those are just too funny! a rabble of butterflies?! sounds rough! i knew murder, gaggle and warren and that was it!

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  4. You beat me to it, Clint. After reading Cindy's post I remembered that a former home care patient of mine gave me an index card with what he titled "Nouns of a Multitude" typed on it. One of which was "a murder of crows". I have it in my file somewhere and thought, "my, what a good idea for a blog post later today." Glad you beat me to it, Clint. I'll find something else to post. Enjoy your day.
    Ananymous aka Carol B.
    P.S. hakuna matata

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  5. A large group of in-laws= a pain in the a$$

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  6. Very interesting, but I'd love to know how the identifiers were assigned. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  7. Yes, indead. Have a nice week.
    Greetings Sabine

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  8. love these! "a prickle of porcupines" =)

    thanks for sharing.

    i just came up with one - a slobber of sloths.=)

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  9. Amazing! A "congregation" of alligators? lol Yikes! I'd rather not sit in that congregation!

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  10. Love this post, I have always found these collective nouns to be so interesting.

    There must not be a special collective noun for a group of people:

    A crowd of people.

    A mass of people.

    A congregation of people would fit people better than alligators!

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  11. I knew a few only because my parents used to play a game with them. I always thought a murder of crows should be a book title.
    Arkansas Patti

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  12. These are all like.... real...???

    oh wow...

    Thanks for sharing though!
    Leontien

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  13. Clint, While I had heard of a few of these, most of them were "news to me." :)

    WHERE did you find them all? Lots of fun.

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  14. Interesting...
    Blessings,
    Ken

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  15. Yes, that was really interesting. Very often we hear sentences and phrases but we do not think about it.

    It really makes fun to read your blog.

    Thanks Clint!!

    Have a beautiful day and a lot of greetings

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  16. Cool man, oops I am still thinking of Blessings for the elements post.
    I love this Clint imagination makes the world go round.B

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  17. A congress of ravens, eh? So fitting in so many ways :P

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  18. "A MURDER of crows" and "A NURSERY of raccoons" are so cool!
    Thanks for sharing, you make my day! :)

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