I am thankful for 1 boring old man.
A Black Friday post coming?
Yes, I, too, am thankful for one boring old man (on-line) and another (not-so)boring man who’s shared my life for almost 50 years. I’m thankful, too, for the commenters who bring such a diversity to this site, and keep my juices flowing. So, dear fellow commenters, I wanted to share this–a gem of humor I rediscovered yesterday scrolling through old e-mails after Thanksgiving guests had departed, and turning to focus to politics.
The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.
However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.
Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not ……. a Congress!
I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington!
You made my day with those baboons in Congress.
the image is a fiction; the first official “Day of Thanksgiving” was proclaimed in 1637 by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop. He did so to celebrate the safe return of English colony men from Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 600 Pequot Indians.
But happy harvest season!
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