We have two fun Friday features for you today. First up, Real Cat Webster introduces some new (old) words for our big-cat cousins. And then it’s on to Friendly Fill-Ins.
Words with Webster
Last week, we talked about clowder, a term for a group of cats—a collective noun, in other words. Another collective noun for cats is glaring. Today, I thought it would be fun to learn collective nouns for some of our wild cousins. Good luck finding most of these definitions in your dictionary. They were apparently dreamed up in the 15th century, when hunters really liked to have specific terms for, well, everything. But according to Oxford Dictionaries, some of these terms may not have actually been used; they were just for fun.
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Anyway, here we go:
A leap or lepe of leopards.*
A pride or sawt of lions.
An ambush or streak of tigers.
*We actually found this one in the Oxford English Dictionary, which says leap is an “alleged” name for a group of leopards. The word did appear in The Book of St. Albans in 1486: “A Lepe of Lebardis.”
(Sources: “What Do You Call a Group of…?” Oxford Living Dictionaries; Oxford English Dictionary; “List of English Terms of Venery, by Animal,” Wikipedia; “What Is a Group of Cheetahs Called?” Reference.com.)
And now to Friendly Fill-Ins. from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered this week by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.
1. I hope Who Do You Think You Are gets renewed for another season. I enjoy seeing people learn about their origins. It makes me wish I had more time to work on family history though.
2. My first crush was on my seventh-grade math teacher. I also loved math for exactly one school year!
Real Cat Paisley’s answers
3. Our family’s dog usually makes me irritated. Because dogs are irritating.
4. If I were a super-hero, I would be… Hang on, I’m already a superhero! I’m Tortie Troublemaker!