The English language has 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.
However, less widely known is:
a Pride of lions,
a Murder of crows
(as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens),
an Exaltation of doves.
And, presumably because they look so wise:
a Parliament of owls.
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!
A CONGRESS OF BABOONS!
I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington !
You just can’t make this stuff up.
- I think you owe baboons an apology.
- http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/baboon: Traditionally, the specific collective noun for baboons is a congress of baboons; however, the non-unique collective nouns troop of baboons and tribe of baboons are also used; moreover, the recently-adopted specific collective noun flange of baboons sees increasing acceptance.