At times the English language simply confounds.
For example – in my youth I swear everything even faintly animalistic was limited to Herds and Heads. ‘Heads’ were cowz and everything else ‘herded’.
Now that I am …um…more mature, I can attest to witnessing a strange evolutionary language process over the decades: i.e. more than one animal translates more than one thing. Among those being: flocks, sounders, congregations (gee, and I thought THAT herd was limited to religion!), mobs (ditto: no more does the Mafia have poetic license on the noun!), and even gulps (…NOT limited to bad table manners. Mom.).
I’ve assembled some recent Internet research findings below, accompanied by Expert Linguistic Commentary (mine), to wit:
Beast More than one Beast Notes
Comorants Gulp (ONLY if you see ‘em swimming at you winging AXES)
Alligators Congregation Makes sense: gators being Southern, I suspect BAPTIST…
Boars Sounder Yeah, they are definitely BOARING when in a group
Cats Glaring …if you’ve witnessed Timmy DeKat, you understand…
Crows Murder Bill would LOVE to act on this descriptor of his Aviary NEMESIS
Ferrets Business …who knew Harvard offered degrees in Ferret?
Frogs Army After a rain, sure seems like it.
Goldfish Troubling Only if your tank’s too small for the latest offspring
Larks Exaltation ‘Cause of the vocal excitement
Peacocks Pride …which goeth before you kill ‘em due to TOO MUCH NOISE
Raccoons Gaze …what they do to you as they blatently eateth your koi
So what if we mix up the lot? I’m an English Major (ret.): I can pull this off. To witless:
Goldfish Gulp Reflecting the age-old tradition of Goldfish Eating among the college set….
Boars Troubling If there’s more than one in yr life, you’re chosing the WRONG FRIENDS
Raccoons Glaring …after you’ve wired the koi pond with electricity. Ask me how I know.
Peacocks Murder Which neatly ends their entire vocalization issues
Cats Army …what you get when you keep ALL THE KITTENS
In addition, some new ideas for fresh animal groupings:
Kittens Covey They are cute, they covey in your arms, and r hard to give away
Crabs (the eatin’ kind) Crunch …the sound made as you crack their claws over melted butter
Husbands Barkolounger ‘cause if they’re not in one now – they WILL BE.
Sooo – wondering what to get that hard-to-buy-for person at Xmas?
I suggest a Covey of Kittens, for those who seek more cuddling privileges. Those fixated on business might enjoy a Business of Ferrets. Myself: a Crunch of Crabs holds my vote.