Herd is the Word!

When I saw the word of the week, I just came up with nothing. I haven’t seen a herd of anything in a long time. Even a herd of cattle out in thee country has been a rare occurrence.

Then I thought of some conversations I have had with my grandchildren lately. I think that “herd” has become such a commonly heard word for a group of animals that little children often don’t know that there are different words for different groups of animals.

I have laughed as my preschool to 1st grade children told me about herds of anything from bears to rabbits lately and I began to realize that I did not know all of the words for groups of animals either.

I decided to look a few up, so I could tell them.  I started to find a dictionary or some resource, I began to realize how many words for “herd” that I already knew. A swarm of bees, a brood of hens, a pack of wolves, a gaggle of geese or a flock of sheep.

I began to wonder why all these different names for a group of animals came to be. That is a question I have not yet answered. What ever the case, I will know when my grand children talk about a “herd” of something, that means they saw “a whole lo of them!”061

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  1. 1

    Lucid Gypsy said,

    My favourite is a charm of goldfinches – but maybe you don’t have goldfinches in the US?

  2. 2

    as a child I would hear the expression ‘gaggle of geese’ and it would throw me into a fit of giggles .

  3. 3

    Hi, I often use the word herd and amazed as how we can use the word to describe so many things other than cattle.
    cheerz
    Vishal

  4. 4

    Kev said,

    At first I thought your title was: Nerd is the word. Than I started reading and thought that isn’t right. Upon checking your title I started to wonder: Is this something psychological or is my sight getting worse? lol

  5. 5

    What you say here is so true.
    Fortunately (or perhaps otherwise!) help is at hand:
    http://anelephantcant.me/2013/01/03/raining-cats-and-doggerel/

    Good luck!

  6. 6

    Simon Banks said,

    “Herd melodies are sweet” – Keats.


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