Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

Another month comes to a close and on the heels of hurricane Irene. We here in the greater Washington, D.C. metro are being blessed with unseasonability beautiful weather with no humidity and the absence of congress and the folks who currently call the white house their home.

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 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 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.

From Wikipedia: "The collective noun for baboons is commonly troop or congress"

(All others we verify)

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