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Old 02-28-2019, 12:07 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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What a goofy language is this English.


A group of crows is called a Murder....A group of quail is a Bevy....Geese group in a Gaggle.


Any others you can think of?
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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This probably belongs in the Writing group forum.

But you do have an interesting topic.
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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A Holiness of Woodpeckers...

love that!
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:25 PM
 
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A cloud of bats and a parliament of rooks. (No rooks in US as far as I know)
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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and

a Convocation of eagles

a Kettle of hawks
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:37 PM
 
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I think a gaggle of geese is when they're on the ground, and a skein in flight, but I may have it backwards.
I also remember knot of toads.
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:07 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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A cloud of bats and a parliament of rooks. (No rooks in US as far as I know)

That's obviously because we have a Congress here, not a Parliament.


I think owls also are called a parliament.


Anybody now why we have these different names?
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/w...f-animals.html

"Collective names for groups of animals are said to date back to medieval times, which may explain why some of these names can be strange, surprising or downright funny to us. In the spirit of the fanciful language used by our ancestors, more modern terms for animal groups can have a fun twist, like a "crash" of rhinoceroses."
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:08 AM
 
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A school of fish..


Or, as Hardy said - a fine kettle of fish.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:32 AM
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I didn't know that about crows, interesting terminology. I like "a gaggle of geese" though.
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