Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Today, we’re looking at the third of three English idioms in the comic above - birds of a feather flock together. Literally, the phrase means that birds of the same type gather together in groups and, as an idiom, it means ❛people of the same type seem to attract one another and gather together❜. Look at the following news headline to demonstrate the use of this English phrase:
Birds of a feather flock together in cyberspace
-in.news.yahoo.com, 2 September 2011, ANI
In this article, the author reports on a recent study by Dr. Cuiha (Cindy) Shen, Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communications at the University of Texas Dell. Dr. Shen ❝examined an online community using social network analysis and found that ❛birds of a feather flock together❜ in cyberspace❞. Just thinking about your own experiences on social networks, don’t you think that there is probably truth in this statement?
Another interesting headline is:
Female Friendships: Birds of a Feather Flock Together (On Looks)
-psychologytoday.com, 21 May 2010, Gad Saad
In this blog entry, Dr. Saad looks at a Human Nature publication by April Bleske-Rechek and Melissa Lighthall on female friendships and whether ❝beautiful girls tend to surround themselves with physically unattractive friends❞ or whether birds of a feather flock together, i.e. women of more or less equal attractiveness tend to form friendships. The title of the article gives us the study’s answer to the question: birds of a feather do, indeed, seem to flock together. Interesting, isn’t it?
Back to our comic above. Can you see now see the joke in the ones bird’s question ❝So, do you guys flock together❞?