An Oddness of Animals

Tuesday May 01, 2007 @ 03:10 PM (UTC)

I’ve always loved those strange names for animal groups with which English teems, and they were brought back to my mind by my sister, who was coming up against them in a crossword puzzle. I’ve read lists of them before, but I found a particularly nice one today at the San Diego zoo website (warning to sister sledge: contains answers to crossword clues.)

Here are a few of my new favorites:
A siege of herons
A leap of leopards
A scold of jays
A smack of jellyfish
A scurry of squirrels
An intrusion of cockroaches

Great crash of rhinoceroses, people, don’t you just love English?


I love them!

My collection of -rrhea words is up to seven now. They’re not as pretty as your words, though, so I won’t bother listing them. :)

I think my favorite is a SMACK of jellyfish. I may have to resort to that list in a few days. The puzzle moulders.

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