This week my husband and I, plus several of the other drivers on one of our local roads, had to stop for about twenty geese to cross the road. This started a conversation about what a group of geese is called. According to an online page of the Christchurch library, I discovered that geese come in gaggles, clutches, flocks, lines, skeins, nides or wedges.
The perfect topic for a TT, I thought.
Thirteen Animal Groups
1. Crocodiles – bask or a nest
2. Flamingoes – stand
3. Ferrets – business
4. Goldfish – troubling
5. Grasshoppers – cloud
6. Hedgehogs – nest or an array
7. Hippopotami – bloat, school, pod or herd
8. Leopards – leap
9. Lice – flock
10. Midges – bite
11. Cockroaches – intrusion
12. Owls – parliament or a stare
13. Tigers – ambush
I don’t know how they come up with the group names, but it struck me how appropriate some of them are – hippo/bloat. They match perfectly. I’m not sure how ravens ended up with unkindness though. That one doesn’t seem to fit. Maybe someone can enlighten me.
My question to you – if authors and readers came in groups the same way as animals, what do you think they’d be named?