Isn’t the Internet great.
Whilst ‘browsing’ the 8mb wireless superhighway (from the comfort of rusty cheap Chinese garden furniture) I came across a website listing collective names for various animals.
Now believe me, I realise as I type that the previous line probably raises more questions than it answers about what I do in my spare time, but bear with me (see what I did there), for just one moment.
Below is a list of my favourite collective animal names, I’m fairly certain these are genuine, and if they are it gives you some idea as to why I think the inter-web is so great. Someone, somewhere, took the time to carefully craft and put this together.
I’d like to imagine the following names were all given by the same guy.
â€¢ A shrewdness of Apes
â€¢ A flange of Baboons
â€¢ A (family, lodge, colony) of beaver – ok, I admit this is only in the list because includes the word beaver
â€¢ A grist of Bees
â€¢ A gang of Bison
â€¢ A (pounce or clutter) of Cat
â€¢ A coalition of Cheetahs – rather ironic in these times of global insecurity
â€¢ A cartload of Chimpanzee – it was late, and this guy clearly ran out of inspiration when he got to chimps
â€¢ An intrusion of Cockroach
â€¢ A memory of Elephant – if you’ve ever seen an Elephant, you will agree they do leave rather large memories behind
â€¢ A flamboyance of Flamingo – not camp at all
â€¢ A skulk of Fox
â€¢ A froggery of Frog – this has got to be made up
â€¢ A horde of Gerbil – has a rather biblical resonance, but I can’t imagine old testament God saying: “Moses, I warned you, don’t make me angry, or damn it, I will release a horde of Gerbil on your ass”
â€¢ A troubling of Goldfish
â€¢ A prickle of Porcupine
â€¢ A barrel of Monkeys – which presumably come with an orgy of organgrinders
â€¢ A buffoonery of Orangutan – one of my personal favourites
â€¢ A dropping of Pigeon – nuff said
â€¢ A shiver of Shark
Out of all the collective animal names I think ‘an obstinacy of buffalo’ best describes me.
What would best describe you? http://dictionary.reference.com/writing/styleguide/animal.html If you don’t post an answer in the comments, I will consider you part of a sloth of bears…