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September 2, 2009

You know working is a great way to accomplish what needs doing and I’ve been very industrious these last few weeks.  Yes, I’ve gotten a lot done and for that I am thankful.  Today though, my throat is sore and I am weary of the constant push.  I need a little break, how about you?  Here are some trivialities, enjoy!

What do you call a congregation of this animal or that?  Ever wonder?  I found a list saved from long ago:

Mammals

Apes

A shrewdness

Asses

A pace

Badgers

A cete

Bats

A colony

Bears

A sloth, sleuth

Buffalo

A gang, an obstinacy (I suspect these refer to old world buffalo; use "herd" for American bison)

Cats

A clowder, a pounce; for kittens…A kindle, litter, an intrigue

Cattle

A drove, herd

Deer

A herd, bevy (refers only to roe deer)

Dogs

A litter (young), pack (wild), cowardice (of curs); specific to hounds…A cry, mute, pack, kennel

Elephants

A herd

Elk

A gang

Ferrets

A business

Fox

A leash, skulk, earth

Giraffes

A tower

Goats

A tribe, trip

Gorillas

A band

Hippopotamuses

A bloat

Horses

A team, harras, rag (for colts), stud (a group of horses belonging to a single owner, string (ponies)

Hyenas

A cackle

Kangaroos

A troop

Leopards

A leap

Lions

A pride

Martens

A richness

Moles

A labor

Monkeys

A troop, barrel

Mules

A pack, span, barren

Otters

A romp

Oxen

A team, yoke

Pigs

A drift, drove, litter (young), sounder (of swine), team, passel (of hogs), singular (refers to a group of boars)

Porcupines

A prickle

Rabbits

A colony, warren, nest, herd (domestic only), litter (young); specific to hares…A down, husk

Rhinoceroses

A crash

Seals

A pod, herd

Sheep

A drove, flock, herd

Squirrels

A dray, scurry

Tigers

A streak

Whales

A pod, gam, herd

Wolves

A pack, rout or route (when in movement)

Birds

Birds in general

A flight (in the air), flock (on the ground), volary, brace (generally for gamebirds or waterfowl, referring to a pair or couple killed by a hunter)

Bitterns

A sedge

Buzzards

A wake

Bobolinks

A chain

Chicks (of many species)

A brood; clutch

Coots

A cover

Cormorants

A gulp

Cranes

A sedge

Crows

A murder, horde

Dotterel

A trip

Doves

A dule, pitying (specific to turtle doves)

Ducks

A brace, flock (in flight), raft (on water) team, paddling (on water), badling

Eagles

A convocation

Finches

A charm

Flamingos

A stand

Geese

A flock, gaggle (on the ground), skein (in flight)

Grouse

A pack (in late season)

Gulls

A colony

Hawks

A cast, kettle (flying in large numbers), boil (two or more spiraling in flight)

Herons

A sedge, a siege

Jays

A party, scold

Lapwings

A deceit

Larks

An exaltation

Mallards

A sord (in flight), brace

Magpies

A tiding, gulp, murder, charm

Nightingales

A watch

Owls

A parliament

Parrots

A company

Partridge

A covey

Peacocks

A muster, an ostentation

Penguins

A colony

Pheasant

A nest, nide (a brood), nye, bouquet

Plovers

A congregation, wing (in flight)

Ptarmigans

A covey

Rooks

A building

Quail

A bevy, covey

Ravens

An unkindness

Snipe

A walk, a wisp

Sparrows

A host

Starlings

A murmuration

Storks

A mustering

Swallows

A flight

Swans

A bevy, wedge (in flight)

Teal

A spring

Turkeys

A rafter, gang

Widgeons

A company

Woodcocks

A fall

Woodpeckers

A descent

Reptiles and Amphibians

Crocodiles

A bask

Frogs

An army

Toads

A knot

Turtles

A bale, nest

Snakes, vipers

A nest

Fish

Fish in general

A draft, nest, school, shoal (some authors claim that the common "school" is a corruption of shoal, and therefore incorrect)

Bass

A shoal

Herring

An army

Sharks

A shiver

Trout

A hover

Invertebrates

Ants

A colony

Bees

A grist, hive, swarm

Caterpillars

An army

Clams

A bed

Cockroaches

An intrusion

Flies

A business

Gnats

A cloud, horde

Grasshoppers

A cloud

Hornets

A nest

Jellyfish

A smack

Locusts

A plague

Oysters

A bed

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2009 8:05 pm

    That’s a break? LOL! Hey, I cancelled Auctiva which was so pretty and now Prostores is giving me fits!!!

    I DO need a break.

  2. September 2, 2009 8:26 pm

    A shrewdness of apes? Who knew!

  3. September 3, 2009 4:32 am

    Thanks for the giggles, I never knew the group of screaming bluejays here are a party! And to think I’m the partycrasher!

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