Friday, September 2, 2011

A Congress of baboons. That explains everything.

(From the e-mail stack.)

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?

Believe it or not ....... a Congress.

I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington.

7 comments:

Tango Juliet said...

I'm afraid you're right. :)

North said...

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain

North said...

All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
- Mark Twain

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. I'll go for that. Similiarly:

A 'chit stain' of liberals...
A 'diaper full' of enviromentalists...
A 'trash can' of welfare bums...

Eh? Eh? Do I have a way with words or what?

North said...

Anon: A septic tank of Democrats. A compost pile of hippies.

Old NFO said...

That Sir, is a HOME RUN :-)

Southern Belle said...

AOA FTW!