Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I Toad You So
Gangs, gaggles and groups...
If there is more than one of the same thing in the same place at the
same time - then there's a name for it.
Why do I bring this up?
Well, I was recently speaking with an acquaintance of mine about the return of the nice weather and that soon I would have the pleasure of hearing the sound of the peeper frogs and groups of tree toads that congregate near my home in the evenings.
He fixed me with an I'm-smarter-than-you stare, interrupted
me and said 'not'.
Again he said ''not''.
"Not what, exactly?"
"No, no...tree toads. A group of toads is called a knot. K-N-O-T."
(like I needed to know this) Thanks, jerk. J-E-R-K.
It seems that saying there are a bunch of, group of, whole
fuckofalotof whatever just isn't good enough anymore. Now
we need to know the actual name of the particular group.
Did you know, for example:
A group of Finches is called a Charm
A group of frogs is called an Army
A group of Geese on the ground is called a Gaggle, but
a group of Geese in the air is a Skein
A group of Goats is called a Trip
A group of Hares is called a Husk
A group of Kangaroos is called a Mob
A group of Owls is called a Parliament
A group of Rhinos is called a Crash
A group of Whales is called a Pod
And a group of know-it-all acquaintances is called a STFU.