Sunday, 26 May 2013

Anthropomorphic Nouns

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals, birds and other living things. We are all familiar with: 

A herd of cows
A flock of chickens
 A school of fish (or shoal)
 A gaggle of geese
However less widely known are: 
A murder of crows, 
that includes their distant cousins
 the rooks and the ravens. 
An exaltation of doves
A pride of lions 
Perhaps due to their wise and serious looks,
                    they're known as A Congress of Owls.
Now consider a group of noisiest, 
most obnoxious, most dangerous,
most aggressive and least intelligent 
of all primates-the baboons. 
And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
Believe it or not: A parliament of baboons!
The scene was copied in the making of the movie: Jumanji.
The baboons are carnivorous as shown in this picture.
You believe it or not? Some baboons were
                 caught and trained to handle machine guns!
                   And yet it was mentioned that they're 
                    the least intelligent of all primates. 
Here are some fine examples how human 
parliamentarians behave in their various
 countries. This one happened in South Korea.
The notorious Taiwanese Parliament in progress
                  where chairs flew, and punches exchanged.
 Mexican parliament.
Shut up your mouth! Italian parliament.
Take that from me-Get a taste of my slipper!
 you utter rascal! Indian parliament.

Take that! The poor Turkish parliamentarian 
received two blows at the same time. 
Relax, you're holding my neck. You want to strangle me? 
Prepare to taste my retaliation. Parliament in Ukraine. 
Comparatively the Indonesian parliament was so docile with 
little dramas when there were unsolved disputes.
 However there were shouts, fists blown into the air, 
and bad eggs thrown at the chair of the speaker. 

How about the arrogant, civilized, and one
who have evolved early into human race
but remains unrepentant over their war crimes
 during the WWII-The Japanese Parliament?

Very well-behaved indeed.

for reading.

Alan CY Kok
Many thanks to Jennifer Chiew for sharing.

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