Anthropomorphism


The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for 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, 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.
And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? 
Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.
The proper collective noun for a group of baboons:  a Congress!
I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington!

 

 (Yes, I know these are chimps, but I didn't have a picture of baboons)


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