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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Name ‘em to Know ‘em

In 15th Century England, the mark of being a well educated member of the upper class was knowing the hundred or more specific names for groups of animals, people, and things.  Many such names survive to this day: flock of sheep, herd of cattle, gaggle of geese, school of fish, for example.

We need a new group name, a confusion of Kerrys.  It is an almost poetically appropriate category for people, like the two Senators from Massachusetts, one a reputed war hero and the other the Hero of Chappaquiddick, who don’t know right from wrong, and flip-flop on issues, depending upon which way the opinion polls point at a given moment.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 03/10 at 09:38 PM
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