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staving Yahya Abdal-Aziz:
>Hi,
>
>How many different collective nouns do you know?
>Eg, a herd of goats or cattle, a  flock or (Australian) mob
>of sheep, a mob of kangaroos, a gaggle of geese, a swarm
>of bees, a murder of crows ...  I'm sure there must be
>many more that don't come to mind immediately.

Subtelty with geese- geese only form a gaggle if they are on the ground or 
on the water. In the air, they are a skein of geese.

I know also of an army of caterpillars. I believe that there are some 
really bizarre ones in English.

Pete