Anthropomorphic Politics


Parliament of Owls

In the English language there are some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the 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.

Perhaps less widely known are: a Pride of lions; a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens); an Exaltation of doves (perfect, isn’t it?); and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Congress 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.

And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not ……. a Congress!

And that, my friends, pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington D.C.!


disclosure:  I totally stole this from an email received from a fave uncle, who may very well have seen/stolen it from someone else, who stole it from someone else, who stole it from someone else, and so on, and so on, and so on…  ;)

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