Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 02nd

A Definitive Definition

Just when you thought you'd heard everything about Congress, along comes a friend with his laptop dictionary. Now, every time that group meets I'll think just what real little jokesters those Merriam Webster people are.

A brief regression: Of course, you've heard the old standard: If the opposite of "pro" is "con," isn't it reasonable to assume the opposite of progress is Congress? But did you also know the collective noun for a group of baboons can be either troop or (you guessed it) congress? A congress of baboons. Somewhere a troop is really miffed at the comparison.

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