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Gaggle

Geese photo
Gaggle of Geese

Here we have a gaggle of geese! Unless they are in flight, then they are a skein. At the other end a flock of ducks are keeping their distance and guarding the open area of water. The near end of the pond appeared to be frozen with a couple of inches of melt water on top, so it may have been shallow enough to freeze in the colder weather the last few days. Why there should be a special word to describe a bunch of geese hanging out together probably remains a mystery. Likely the result of a bored English professor following his ‘publish or perish’ calendar in hopes of gaining tenure and a ten hour workweek. Start with aardvarks all the way to zebras, conjure up a nifty word to describe animals gathering together – is there a minimum number? – and presto, another publishable book to gather dust on the shelf presuming a copy is sold. It’s difficult to understand the rationale behind most of these:

  • a sleuth of bears
  • a crash of hippos
  • a zeal of zebras

but some do make some sense. A troop of baboons or a parade of elephants especially when either are on the move seem aptly descriptive.

Oh, by the way, a group of aardvarks can be referred to as an aarmory – tricky adding on that extra a 🙂