I have been coming across something fun in the last two books I picked up and ever since I cannot stop thinking about it. I am talking about the name groups of animals are called. I am still not entirely sure if there is a difference in German and English. It could be that I am totally unaware and first came across that phenomenon in English. I may have to do more research. But here is what I have learned so far:
A group of
- ravens is called an unkindness. (this is what got be all started). The same applies to German “Unfreundlichkeit”.
- butterflies is called a kaleidoscope. Isn’t that beautiful? In German it is just “swarm”Schwarm” (swarm).
- dragons is called a riot. ( We can not discuss if they count as animals…)
- gryphons is a drift. (again, please don’t argue. )
- lions is called a pride – something I had heard before.
- apes is called a shrewdness.
- elephants is called a parade.
- donkeys is called a drove.
- foxes is called a skulk.
- giraffes is called a tower.
- lemurs is called a conspiracy.
- otters is called a bevy.
- horses is called a team.
- kangaroos is called a mob.
- leopards is called a leap.
- rhinoceroses is called a crash.
- skunks is called a surfeit.
- porcupines is called a prickle.
- tigers is called an ambush.
- zebras is called a dazzle.
- whales or dolphins is called a pod.
Ok, I really went down a rabbit hole here. But if I understand correctly the English language is much more colorful and creative. In German there are mainly the following terms used:
- Rudel in English it would be pack, pride
- Herde in English it would be herd, flock, drove
- Schwarm in English it would be swarm or bevy
- Trupp in English that would be troop
- Kolonie in English would be a colony
Now I wonder as I am not a native speaker: Are those terms are used? Were you aware that there are so many different terms? Do you know of another one that should be in this list? And do you agree dragons are animals or do they count as something else?