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Collective nouns and congressional bananas

  1. Aug 31, 2011 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    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 and a Gaggle of geese.

    However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament 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?

    A congress.

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  3. Aug 31, 2011 #2

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    :rofl: Brilliant ! Now pass it on to http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...vn3Ag&usg=AFQjCNHHr46SuA48COL9j946eRr0n8g1FQ" along with a link to this thread !!!

    I am sure they have a sense of humor... then again... maybe not.

    Rhody...
     
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  4. Aug 31, 2011 #3

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    Or for incongruous, I like a "troubling of goldfish".
     
  5. Aug 31, 2011 #4
    A business of ferrets.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2011 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    New ones?

    A prickle of politicians

    A rub of masseuses

    A ponder of PFers?
     
  7. Sep 1, 2011 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    A prison of politicians?
     
  8. Sep 1, 2011 #7

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    Dearly Missed

    A giggle of gays?
     
  9. Sep 1, 2011 #8

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    A slew of lawyers?
     
  10. Sep 1, 2011 #9

    arildno

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    A screw of prostitutes?
     
  11. Sep 1, 2011 #10

    fuzzyfelt

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    A recursion of collective nouns?
     
  12. Sep 1, 2011 #11

    lisab

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    :rofl:
     
  13. Sep 1, 2011 #12

    fuzzyfelt

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    Thanks :)
     
  14. Sep 1, 2011 #13

    arildno

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    A degeneration of bad jokes?
     
  15. Sep 1, 2011 #14
    You are nice?

    By which I mean...

    "The first joke recorded by history was about wheat it was not funny."

    Some Egyptian...
     
  16. Sep 2, 2011 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    A matrix of mathematicians

    A neighborhood of mathematicians

    An explosion of chemists

    A fireball of electrical engineers

    A coronary of system's integration engineers

    A Valhalla of Norwegians
     
  17. Sep 2, 2011 #16
    Genuinely the group name for nuns is a superfluidity of nuns.
     
  18. Sep 2, 2011 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    A fusion of nuclear engineers

    A fuzzyfelt of artists
     
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