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An Exaltation of Larks (1968)
by James Lipton
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If you've ever wondered whether familiar terms like "a pride of lions" or "a string of ponies" were only the tip of the liguistic iceberg. This book provides the definitive answer. This classic collection of collective nouns includes more than 1,100 equally pithy, and often poetic, terms -- some resurrected from the Books of Venery that were the constant study of fifteenth-century gentlemen; some ("a blur of Impressionists," "a score of bachelors") more recently minted. Here too is a game for readers inspired to invent their own terms of venery. Infectious in spirit and beautifully illustrated with more than 250 witty engravings, this book is a word-lover's garden of delights.
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