23 August 2012

What Pakcik received ( Pt 3 ) - Anthropomorphic Nouns

I wonder how many of my readers have seen what I received from a friend recently. I simply have to share this to keep the joy of Hari Raya going.


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 chicken

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 rooksand ravens),

 an Exaltation of doves


  and, presumably because they look so wise:


               a Congress 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 Parliament

I guess that pretty much explains the things

that come out from the Parliament...

You just can't make this stuff up.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


Haslina said...

hahahaha... that's a good one, pakcik!!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

And the most obedient of them all....a SCHOOL of fish! That's why I love fish...esp tuna....har har har *evil laughs*

dear Pakcik and Makcik,
Sorry for this late wish ....SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI...maaf zahir dan batin from all of us.

Mama & Dad
Brad, Angelina, Sebastian
Nicole, Micheal & Nikki

Al-Manar said...


It is just a light-hearted piece, a break from serious topics.

Al-Manar said...


Fish are clever because they go to school. How about a 'bunch' of cats for a group of hungry ones?

Wan Sharif said...

As I believed I am yet to qualify to join the congress and has lost my viciousness to join the parliament.. I guess I will have to join the fish and hope to progress (evolve as not so true Darwin's theory) to qualify to join the doves ;)
Man you sure know to enlightened my morning :)))))

ahmad humairi said...

Saya berbintang ikan, tapi kan....ikan bila malam dia hidup, bila siang dia mati....hehe...

(sesekali berteka -teki)

Selamat menyambung puasa enam hari di aidilfitri...

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
I can't take it! Never heard some of them. Appeared exotic for some though. Just imagine, a parliament of baboons? Hilarious!


Al-Manar said...

Ayoh Wang,

You must try to be in parliament one day, to be the head of those baboons.

Haslina said...

Hahahaha.. pakcik, is that meant to be a compliment? i did a double take when i read your reply to 'ayoh wang'

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Humairi,

Saya mengaku kalah - hidup malam mati siang.
Kalau saya berbintang burung hantu bekerja malam tidur siang.

Beritahulah saya satu hari.

Al-Manar said...


It was new to me too and I thought many woulkd like to enjoy this simple English lesson.

Al-Manar said...


Don't be surprised with what I say to Ayoh Wang. We do in a way belong to the same species. It is always complimentary between us, fish one day and MPs another day to teach the baboons.

GUiKP said...

Why are so many baboons get away with their monkey business? Perhaps because there is no idiom -sepandai-pandai kera melompat ...

Awang Goneng said...

And a bankroll of YBs.

Selamat Hari Raya Abang Ngah (Raya Nang lah deh?), Kak Mah and all the anak and cucu.

GUiKP said...

Please please excuse my not so perfect England.

Al-Manar said...


English from England returned home after serving in Malaya and carried tales of clever monkeys,baboons, monyet, kera, orang Utang and so on, of their skill jumping from trees to trees,of ability to run up coconut pulms to pick just the right fruit and imitating faces etc. It was seen appropriate to honour their MPs, many of whom are from Oxbridge, by giving 'parliamjent' to baboons etc.

Our people like Awang Goneng is certainly the right person to write on this subject.

Al-Manar said...

Awang Goneng,

So that's what it is , a bankroll of YBs! I was thinking of a contract of sort.

Puasa enam baru mula. Jadi kami belum Raya Enam lagi lah. Mi and Zaharah in particular must be having a grand time with the recent Olympic.

Salaam from us. The whole clan (should it be another better word?)members were here for Hari Raya.

ahmad humairi said...


Sebenarnya ianya ada kaitan dengan 'a school of fish' tu dan jawapan teka-teki saya di atas adalah ikan seperti yang saya nyatakan.

....emak SIANG ikan di dapur....matilah ikan tuu....tiada kaitan dengan malam....cuma mengelirukan sahaja...hehe.

Sepertiya juga babun-babun yang bersidang di parlimen...hehe....tapi perbandingan ini bukanlah secara total!

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Humairi,

Sepatutnya orang Terengganu dengan serta merta terfikirkan 'siang ikang'. Satu percakapan hari hari. Itu lah kalau cuba hendak fikir secara ilmiah perkara yang remeh temeh!

Unknown said...

Dear Pakcik, Sorry for the late wish. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir dan batin. Saya doakan pakcik dan keluarga sentiasa dalam limpahan rahmatNya.

Al-Manar said...


I am equally guilty for the same reason. Harapnya Hara Raya berlalu dengan gembira. I realise the worry over the SPM baby. Did you once give me your email? I simply cannot trace it.
All the best until the next Hari Raya.

madame blossom said...

I like. 'congress of owls' makes a good title for a short film

Al-Manar said...

Madam Blossom,

They are all very catch sayings.

Pakcik wonders why yoo are so late to get here. Must have been busy. Salaam to you.