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Now, here is the gnus.

Byline: Denis Kilcommons ,

We all know you get a herd of cows and a flock of sheep.

But what about the collective word for gnus?

Well, there are two terms you can use for when gnus get together. You can call them an implausibility of gnus. But if that's too much of a mouthful, the good g'news is you can describe them as a herd.

I found these collective terms by chance. They amused me, so I thought I'd pass them on.

How about an exaltation of larks, a convocation of eagles, a shrewdness of apes and a parliament of owls?

Then there is a glaring of cats - which is spot on. They can also be called a clutter and a nuisance of cats, but only by a non cat-lover.

A colony of beavers, a chattering of choughs, a gang of elk, a business of ferrets, a leap of leopards, a pride of peacocks, a sneak of weasels, a murmuration of starlings, a scurry of squirrels, a charm of hummingbirds and an unkindness of ravens. And my two favourites: a crash of rhinos (I'm calling them rhinos because I can't spell rhinoceroses) and a paddling of ducks.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2005
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