A murder of crows stand sentry at Sandy Beach on Tuesday.
Couldn't this comment "murder of crows" be more positive? It sounds so negative. Why could we say "a flock or group of crows standing guard or sentry" or something like that. I don't understand where the saying "murder of crows" came from. How old is this saying?
The Book of Saint Albens contains that and other collective nouns for animals. (the movie was pretty good, too)
"a murder most fowl"................
I've murdered a few fowl. I call it a 'harvest of fowl'. More palatable.
@eddailey: it's an old term and it likely originates from the fact that the crow is an omen of death in many cultures.
It's only as negative as you want it to be.
Those are ravens, not crows.
What is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Answer: a congress!
A few years ago this was quit fitting. In some cases even now.
One of the craziest oddities of the English language is that there are so many different collective nouns that all mean "group" but which are specific to what particular thing there is a group of -
http://www.rinkworks (dot) com/words/collective.shtml
Don't forget a nag of wives and a jerk of husbands.
Check the foreheads in the pic.
An old guy once told me how to tell the difference... Shoot it. If you kill, it is a crow. If you miss, it is a raven. I am happy with the size/forehead/sound method.
Smaller size (compare to twigs), shorter beaks, shorter tails... Crows.
Definitely crows. Though the one on the left looks a little suspicious.
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