Monday, June 19, 2017

KLEM AM

photo submitted by Sixty Grit

It took me a few seconds, but I chuckled. Collective nouns. Here are some surprising ones: link

I know there must be a smart, single word for this. What is it?

14 comments:

AllenS said...

I don't think that that is enough crows to commit a murder.

virgil xenophon said...

But are two enough to sit in judgement? :)

AllenS said...

Years ago, I had a pet crow, and it was one of the most destructive animals I've ever encountered. I've always had barn cats to keep the mice and rat population in check, and these cats could take care of themselves. The cats would do their stalking thing, and then the crow would walk over to them, grab the cats by the tail, and drag them around.

edutcher said...

They missed a couple

A boast of soldiers (sorry, Allen)

(and my personal fave) A flourish of strumpets

Lem said...

A calvacade of horsemen.

Lem said...

Great find 🐥

Lem said...

A bunch of crows is called a murder of crows.

Dad Bones said...

That's quite the picture. It suggests they're focused on the same thing. I think of crows as being the busiest busy bodies of the animal kingdom, after humans. It's been said that witches and shamans have used them to spy on people, and not because crows enjoy helping humans but more likely because it's their nature to poke their noses into intriguing affairs that you wouldn't think they cared about.

Dad Bones said...

Warheads

Rabel said...

Based on my extensive knowledge of ornithology and 5 minutes on Google I'm gonna say those are Ravens. It's all about that beak.

So, an attempted unkindness.

Also, judging by that sawhorse I'm gonna say that Sixty is a lot shorter than I imagined.

Rabel said...

Plus, they're both flashing some bling with their colorful bracelets. That's a Raven thing.

Sixty Grit said...

That was my thought too, Rabel - but I copied that picture from somewhere on the internet and I ran with it.

There are ravens in this area, but not as many of them as crows. Sometimes the crows mob a lone raven and it is corvus on corvus violence.

So, in conclusion, let me say that I never let a bad pun go to waste, that the beaks look ravenous, but the lack of obvious neck ruffs were enough to allow me to email that picture.

But, to "Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Rabel said...

The play on words was excellent, Sixty.

AllenS said...

Well played, Sixty.