I saw a rafter of wild turkeys today driving home from town.  Yes, a rafter.  I knew that if there was a school of fish, a herd of cows, a murder of crows and a pride of lions, there had to be some special name for a big group of wild turkeys.  I can now sound smart the next time I spot these giant birds and say something like, “Oh look, a rafter of wild turkeys.”

Why rafter?  Good question.  The best I could find is that a long time ago raft meant “a great quantity of something.”  I’m not sure how the “er” got added.  Still, that little bit of info probably will make me sound a lot more intelligent than most.  Being married to “a walking encyclopedia”  (that’s what D and P call DA), I like the idea of sounding like I know a thing or two.  Now to see if I can impress…

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