Monday, 27 August 2012

If the Shoe Fits ...

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,

a murder of crows,

(as well as their cousins,
rooks and ravens)

an exaltation of doves,

presumably because they look so wise,

a congress of owls.

Now consider a group of baboons:

They are the loudest, 
most dangerous, 
most obnoxious, 
most viciously aggressive, 
and least intelligent of all primates. 

And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not ...

a parliament.

a parliament of baboons

That explains a lot of things.

If the shoe fits ...


Affectionately dedicated to our political system.

A Caveat: The preceding was sent to me in an email and I cannot attest to its origin, or credit would certainly be given where it is due. As such, I am not the author of this. I simply found it amusing and worth sharing. No offence is intended.

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