Animals singular and in groups (weirder than you might think)

Okay, this has nothing to do with my usual subject matter of politics or crushing capitalism but I found this and I thought it was delightfully weird and worth sharing.

The only thing I want to know is: who gets to be the one to come up with this stuff?

Singular:

In a group:

elk:

a gang of elk

ferrets:

a business of ferrets

giraffe:

a tower of giraffes

hyena:

a cackle of hyenas

kangaroo:

a troop of kangaroos

leopard:

a leap of leopards

monkey:

a barrel or troop of monkeys

lion:

a pride of lions

tiger:

a streak of tigers

frog:

an army of frogs

shark:

a shiver of sharks

dove:

a dule of doves

eagle:

a convocation of eagles

flamingo:

a stand of flamingoes

hawk:

a kettle or cast of hawks

owl:

a parliament of owls

parrots:

a company of parrots

peacock:

an ostentation of peacocks

raven:

an unkindness of ravens

goldfish:

a charm or glint of goldfish

viper:

a nest of vipers

alligator:

a congregation of alligators

crocodile:

a float of crocodiles

ape:

a shrewdness of apes

cheetah:

a coalition of cheetahs

crow:

a murder of crows

hummingbird:

a charm of hummingbirds

jellyfish:

a smack of jellyfish

lark:

an exultation or ascension of larks

pony:

a string of ponies

6 Responses to “Animals singular and in groups (weirder than you might think)”


  1. 1 Eugene Plawiuk 1 May, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    A gaggle of reporters is my favorite

  2. 2 Lina 1 May, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    What do you call a group of politicians? I mean, other than useless.

  3. 3 Red Jenny 2 May, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    and how about a group of bloggers?

  4. 4 RPJ 3 May, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    I can only assume that you must have loved the “business of ferrets” considering your views on capitalism. Too funny.

  5. 5 Yaroslav Bulatov 5 May, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Those terms are hardly ever, or never used. For instance “herd of giraffes” had 118 hits on Lexis-Nexis, 217 on google books. Tower of giraffes had no hits on Lexis-Nexis, and one hit on google books, which seems to be a book about weird collective lists like “tower of giraffes” You’d also be more correct in using “flock of peacocks” and “shoal of sharks”

    My guess would be that someone invented those terms, published it as a list, and then people kept republishing it, a quick google search on history supports this (http://www.bcpl.net/~tross/gnlist.html)

  6. 6 paulitics 6 May, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Yaroslav – Wow. That’s impressive detective work. I’ll definitely take a look at that, thanks for the heads up.


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