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A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« on: November 25, 2004, 08:26:42 PM »
I was reading a thread Kirk Allen posted--he mentioned a "covey of quails."  I've never heard that expression, and it made me wonder if that's the specific plural term for quail.  I've always enjoyed keeping track of those odd plurals that are specific to certain animals, like the gaggle of geese, and murder of crows.  Any other odd ones you guys can think of?  I've often wondered how the heck the language developed these terms too--gaggle makes sense, since they sort of "gaggle," but "murder" of crows?  I'd like to know the story behind that one!

others that pop into my head right now:

pride of lions
swarm of bees
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2004, 09:12:09 PM »
"Covey" is certainly the proper term for a community of Quail. I've never been able to understand why we have such unique terms for groupings like that. Why do oranges grow in groves, yet peaches are in orchards?  Sheep are in flocks, but cows reside in a herd. ???  

This is a funny language we have here, but, Lord ain't it fun?

BTW, groups of bovines are called "cattle".  That is obviously a plural term, but what is the corresponding singular? Is there one?

Some animals have specific names for the separate genders, such as mare's and stallions, or even fillies and colts, but others do not. What do you call a female cat?  

If a male horse is neutered, his name changes to "Gelding". Even stranger, a neutered male bovine becomes a "steer", but if he mature's as such, he is an ox.  If a male dog is deprived of his manhood, his name doesn't change, but his female counterpart's name isn't considered acceptable in polite society. ??? ::)  A female pig starts out life as a gilt, but at some point, she becomes a sow. Her brother is a boar, unless he is neutered, at which time he becomes a barrow.  I could go on and on, but you get the point, I'm sure.

I just got one question.  What do you call a neutered male Giraffe? ??? :P
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2004, 04:40:20 AM »
  Stretch ???  ;D ;D :D :D :D :D
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2004, 07:25:58 AM »
Long shot?
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2004, 08:00:27 AM »
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Long shot?



THAT is FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I'm still laughing....


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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2004, 08:05:43 AM »
Baby kangaroo, is Joey, his group is a mob............. :o
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2004, 08:08:24 AM »
What do ya call a mixed group of sawyers?..................
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2004, 08:36:10 AM »
   " Gluttons For Punishment "  ??? ??? ??? ;D ;D ;D
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2004, 02:58:33 PM »
I call it a good start!   ;)

Has anyone used the term "a brace of duck?"  I saw that online too.



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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2004, 03:12:10 PM »
I did a search on the web, and came up with this site that lists a bunch of them.

http://www.anapsid.org/beastly.html

Some of my favorites:

An INTRUSION of Cockroaches   :D

A convocation of eagles

A gang of elk

a business or fesnyng of ferret (what the heck kind of word is fesnyng anyway?)

A charm of finch

A drumming of grouse

A kettle of hawks

A sedge of heron

A shoal of herring

A cackle of hyenas (makes sense to me!)

A smack of jellyfish

An ascension/exaltation of larks

A plague of locusts

A parliament of owls

A muster/ostentation of peacocks

A bouquet of pheasant

A prickle of porcupines   :D

An unkindness of ravens

A shiver of sharks

A murmuration of starlings   :D

A dazzle of zebras

The English language is quirky, but fun.   8)
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2004, 05:31:25 PM »
The plural of goose is geese, so the plural of moose should be...

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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2004, 07:58:08 AM »
Logrite,

it ain't micees  ;D the plural of moose is herd

and a frog has it's own army  :P  ???




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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2004, 09:03:50 AM »
When does a gathering of people become a crowd? :D
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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2004, 11:06:58 AM »
 I HATE being crowded :D.

Tom sure hope that bunch of your's  don't get angry cause then they might  turn into a mob. :)
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2004, 02:33:33 PM »
That would be the pits, Charles.  Maybe they'll  make a "Team", or a "congregation", or a ?   :P
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« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2004, 08:15:38 PM »
or a PLAGUE of people...as in a plague of locusts...   ;)
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2005, 03:34:06 PM »
then of course there is a "crash" of rinoerosusses :o :o
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2005, 04:37:14 PM »
"BTW, groups of bovines are called "cattle".  That is obviously a plural term, but what is the corresponding singular? Is there one?"


Wouldn't that be a cow?  ???
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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2005, 05:12:02 PM »
Or a bull
Or a steer
Or a heifer
Or a calf

Cattle can be all those things.   :D
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Re: A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows...
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2005, 06:44:29 PM »
Wouldn't the singular of bovines be bovine. ;D ::) :)
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