Thursday, July 3, 2008

What Do You Call a Group of Critters?

Confused about how to describe a bunch of animals? Is it a swarm, herd, troop, bevy, or flock? www.askoxford.com has a comprehensive list of collective terms for animals. Some are familiar. Others are unheard of, archaic or erroneous. It also includes terms for pairs of animals and groups of three animals.

You’ve probably heard of a pride of lions. What about a bale of turtles, a charm of goldfinches, a drift of swine, a gam of whales, a mob of kangaroos, a parliament of owls, a murder of crows, or a crash of rhinos? To find collective nouns for animals, click on the links below.


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