The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #96412 Message #2692467
Posted By: Rowan
02-Aug-09 - 07:02 PM
Thread Name: BS: I've got 3 sorts of tits!
Subject: RE: BS: I've got 3 sorts of tits!
The word "flock" is inadequate for evoking their nervous energy. "Swarm" almost gets it but that word implies a larger number. "Mob" implies a threat but there's nothing threatening about these teeny, plain-looking little birds so easily identified by their very long tails and very short beaks.
Yet another example of different cultures having different connotations to the one word.
In Oz, "mob" doesn't usually carry the sense of threat implied in Kat's piece, especially away from cities. It's the collective noun for a bunch of macropods, particularly kangaroos, and older bush-bred Aborigines are likely to use it for any number (of anything) that is greater than 5. A much larger number of things in one or more groups is likely to be described as "big mobs", even by Balandas in the Top End.
Personally, I reckon I'd like to see Liz' tits in big mobs.