Re: A ***** of lemmings... flock? TIA
- From: Jim Lawton <usenet1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 09:06:40 GMT
On Thu, 2 Feb 2006 21:07:14 -0500, "ray o'hara" <roh@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Donna Richoux" <trio@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Al D <wmth2581@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Can anyone tell me what the collective noun for lemmings is (as in "aUm, you might wish to avoid the sentence altogether, as lemmings *don't*
**** of lemmings was stampeding to the cliffs of self-destruction")?
You might be good enough to sugest an alternative word for
"stampeding" in this context too.
stampede over cliffs. I worked on this in alt.folklore.urban, as did
others, trying to straighten out the debunking information, and I don't
think we quite succeeded, so I can't refer you to a single page. The
(false) belief that lemmings deliberately commit suicide swim out into
water and drown has been around for a century or so; the (false) idea
that they leap off cliffs has apparently been around since a 1950s
nature movie by Disney needed to simulate such an event, and it was
easier for the crew to force the lemmings off a cliff than to make them
swim. (What's true is that they have been known to drown from time to
time in their mass migrations, apparently through miscalculation and
But I think I'd call them a herd.
Best -- Donna Richoux
Seeing as they have films of lemmings swimming out to sea you might want to
revise your opinion.
So you're saying the answer is "a film of lemmings"? I get it - kind of
on the sea surface?
When the overpoulate they will begin to migrate, when they encounte a stream--
or river they swim across,when they encounter the sea they never reach the
They don't jump off cliffs and they don't know they are committing suicide
by swimming out to sea.
But the myth that it is a myth is long discredited.
a Yorkshire polymoth
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