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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super ... oh, umm, never mind.
It’s just a murmuration of starlings! Or maybe it’s an exaltation of larks? It could be a convocation of eagles.
I’m fairly well versed in superherology, but I was never very good at ornithology.
A venue of vultures? A mustering of storks? An ostentation of peacocks? So what’s with all the strange names?
Well, most people know that a group of cattle is called a herd. Or that a family of lions is called a pride. It’s common knowledge that a grouping of geese is called a gaggle and the V-shaped flight grouping is called a skein. Quite a few people even know that a group of whales is called a pod.
Over the years, the evolution of “collective nouns” has been a showcase of verbal portraits heralding mankind’s ability to name everything from rocks to stars. But it actually does make sense that different animals should have different words to describe groupings.
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